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Rhode Island latest state poised to end vets' homelessness

7 years 7 months 6 hours ago Sunday, November 08 2015 Nov 8, 2015 November 08, 2015 3:29 PM November 08, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michelle R. Smith

PROVIDENCE - A push to end homelessness among veterans in Rhode Island is on track to do so by the end of the year.

It comes amid nationwide push by the Obama administration and Zero: 2016, a campaign by the nonprofit group Community Solutions.

In August, the federal government declared Connecticut the first state to end chronic homelessness among veterans. New Orleans, Houston and a handful of other cities have also ended it. Community Solutions says New Mexico is also on track.

Nearly 50,000 veterans were homeless nationwide before the effort.

In Rhode Island, they're using a "housing first" strategy, which prioritizes getting people into permanent housing. They also make a list of every person without a home and rank people by how vulnerable they are to dying on the streets.

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