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Mayors Challenge: Mayors and Staff
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.

Steps to Get Started for Participating Leaders

For mayors, county leaders, and governors who have decided to accept the challenge:
Thanks for voicing your commitment for ending Veteran homelessness in your community! Here are a few steps you can take to get started:

  1. Let HUD, USICH, and the VA know that you're committed by emailing mayorschallenge@hud.gov. You can also contact your local HUD field staff.
  2. Tell the public! Send out a press release; or hold a press conference or your own twitter town hall; or any other way you communicate with your constituencies.
Resources for Interested Communities

We've pulled together several resources that could help you and your community partners to decide if the challenge is right for your community, and to help you achieve your goal:

  • A fact sheet that describes the Mayors Challenge and the key resources for ending homelessness among Veterans
  • A printable list of places you can go to find support
  • Have questions about the challenge? This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document should help
  • A webinar on housing placement and retention strategies for programs that serve Veterans who experience homelessness
  • A webinar that shares advice from successful efforts on how to develop a comprehensive approach, beyond HUD-VASH, that effectively brings the resources available to Veterans in need to improve housing and life outcomes
  • A webinar that lays out how providers serving Veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness can build strong local connections between VA and Continuum of Care (CoC) resources and rapidly connect homeless Veterans to permanent housing
  • Details about HUD and VA's HUD-VASH program, particularly these HUD-VASH Qs & As
  • “Five High Impact Steps” mayors can take to end Veteran Homelessness, from the National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Support from the Homeless Veterans Leadership Network at the National League of Cities
  • Support from Community Solutions
Tools for Tracking Your Progress

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.

The webinar is available for viewing on the HUD Exchange.

A total of 883 leaders have said they're in, including 702 mayors, 9 governors and 172 county and city officials.

Click the state name to view participating leaders.

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