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Mayors Challenge

The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a way to solidify partnerships and secure commitments to end Veteran homelessness from mayors across the country.




Specifically, the call to action – announced by First Lady Michelle Obama and amplified by the HUD Secretary, by leaders across HUD, VA, USICH, and by the National League of Cities – is for mayors to make a commitment to ending Veteran homelessness in their cities.

Goal Achieved

Mayor's Challenge - 24 Communities and 2 States

Albany, NY Montgomery County, MD
Connecticut New Orleans, LA
Cumberland County/Fayetteville, NC Philadelphia, PA
Daytona Beach/Volusia County, FL Reading/Berks County, PA
Des Moines, IA Rochester, NY
Flagler County, FL Rockford, IL
Houston, TX San Antonio, TX
La Cruces, NM Saratoga Springs, NY
Lancaster City and County, PA Schenectady, NY
Las Vegas, NV Syracuse, NY
Lynn, MA Troy, NY
Mississippi Gulfport/Gulf Coast Regional CoC Virginia
Mobile, AL Winston-Salem, NC

View all of the locations that have committed to the challenge.

Updated Resources for Ending Veterans Homelessness

Federal partners have released updated resources to assist communities with meeting the Federal Criteria and Benchmarks for ending homelessness among Veterans. These include the Federal Criteria and Benchmarks Review Tool and the Master List Template and Benchmark Generation Tool. These tools have been updated for consistency with revised Federal partner specifications. A detailed listing of updates can be found in the Instruction tab for each tool. View the Federal Criteria and Benchmarks Review Tool and the Master List Template and Benchmark Generation Tool.

  • The Federal Criteria and Benchmarks Review Tool can help communities understand their current status relative to each of the Federal criteria and benchmarks. The tool includes a criteria checklist, which breaks down each criterion into constituent aspects for stakeholder review, and a benchmark worksheet. An instruction tab is included and provides additional important clarifications, primarily concerning benchmarks A and B. The tool is designed to help identify remaining gaps to resolve prior to seeking Federal review.
  • The Master List Template and Benchmark Generation Tool includes a “by-name” Master List template that can be used as-is or be used to help communities identify data to include in a by-name, master list. The template includes all data fields necessary to measure each of the four Federal benchmarks, as well as other fields to support tracking, case conferencing, and rapid movement to permanent housing. The resource also includes Benchmark Generation Tool, which uses data from the Master List template to automatically calculate the benchmarks. An instruction tab is included that provides guidance for how to use the tools and programming logic for the benchmarks.

Federal partner guidance and instructions on how to use these tools were provided during the December 18, 2015, webinar entitled: Resources and Guidance for Ending Veterans Homelessness. Panelists included:

  • Marcy Thompson, Senior Advisor, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Keith Harris, National Director of Clinical Operations, VHA Homeless Programs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Beverley Ebersold, Director of National Initiatives, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • Tom Albanese, Senior Associate, Abt Associates
  • Doug Tetrault, Associate, Technical Assistance Collaborative

The webinar will be recorded and available for future viewing on the HUD Exchange.

Information and Resources by Audience

Click on the links below to view Mayors Challenge information and resources by audience.



Mayors and Staff

Wondering how we could really end homelessness among Veterans? Or do you want to know how you can get involved?


HUD, the US Interagency Council on Homelessness, US Department of Veterans Affairs, and the National League of Cities are calling on mayors to make a commitment to end Veteran homelessness in their cities. Get involved today!


Homelessness Response and  Housing System


Corporate and Philanthropic Partners

Ending homelessness among Veterans cannot be accomplished by federal partners alone, but will require the partnership and commitment of each community’s homelessness response and housing system, including Veteran Service Organizations, community-based providers, faith-based organizations, public housing agencies, affordable housing operators, and many more.


Corporate and philanthropic partners can play an important role in rounding out the array of housing, services, and jobs available to Veterans experiencing homelessness.

Veterans Affinity Bootcamp

DC Point in Time Count

Stand Down for Homeless Veterans Event