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Connections: Helping Homeless Veterans

The City of Rochester has completed Michelle Obama’s “Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.” To meet the challenge, communities had to achieve a status of “functional zero,” meaning that housing is available for all homeless veterans who seek it.

A 2015 study found 55 homeless veterans in the Rochester area, Now, all of those veterans who requested assistance have housing.

We talk about how area agencies worked together to complete the challenge and what’s next on the city’s agenda to help veterans in need. Our guests:  

  • Todd Baxter, executive director, Veterans Outreach Center
  • Erin Militello, program manager for the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans program at the Canandaigua VA
  • Carol Wheeler, manager for housing for the City of Rochester
  • Emil Anderson, Marine Corps veteran
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.

Connections with Evan Dawson

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