Updated: 01/31/2014 5:32 PM
Created: 01/31/2014 1:10 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges announced Friday they are partnering for a push to end veteran homelessness by 2015.
The mayors, along with State Director to Prevent and End Homelessness Cathy ten Broeke, are partnering together in a challenge with Columbus, Ohio and Des Moines, Iowa to end veteran homelessness.
The Twin Cities has roughly 200 veterans who struggle to find a permanent place to live, with 15 percent sleeping in St. Paul’s Dorothy Day Center. There are approximately 350 homeless veterans throughout the state.
Through partnerships already in place, Minneapolis and St. Paul have been making progress over the last several years on reducing veteran homelessness. Between 2009 and 2013, homelessness among veterans decreased by 52 percent in Hennepin County and 46 percent in Ramsey County.
Strategies aiming to end veteran homelessness include Housing First, a program model and philosophy that ensures the securing of housing first and then linking people to the services and supports they need and want to remain stably housed.