Michelle Obama honors New Orleans' work in housing veterans
NEW ORLEANS - First lady Michelle Obama says New Orleans' success in moving homeless veterans off the streets and into housing is an example for the nation.
Obama and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu spoke Monday to leaders from government, industry and the non-profit sector. The topic was the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which Obama started last June. She said the city has moved more than 260 veterans into housing since the initiative began.
Officials say 432 mayors, seven governors and 131 other local officials have pledged to house all veterans in their communities by the end of this year.
The wife of Vice President Joe Biden, Jill, was expected to attend Monday's event, but officials said she did not make the trip because she was feeling ill.