Houston Mayor Annise Parker says every veteran in the city now has access to permanent housing should they choose to seek it. Houston has housed more than 3,000 veterans since 2012. Parker spoke at an event along with other government officials noting the city’s progress.
“We know, with the current resources, we can continue to respond to any veteran experiencing housing instability,” Parker says.
The mayor says having those resources in place effectively puts an end to veteran homelessness in Houston.
But some say that statement could give a false impression that the work is over. Tom Mitchell is executive director of U.S. Vets Texas. The nonprofit helps veterans find resources like housing and employment.
Mitchell says Houston has made great strides, but with new veterans arriving stateside every day, ensuring stable housing is an ongoing challenge.
“I don’t want people to look on this as the finish line because we do have a long ways to go,” Mitchell says. “We’re going to have veterans in and out of homelessness for many years to come.”
Still, he says acknowledging that progress help motivate groups working to help veterans.