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Connections: Helping Homeless Veterans

May 19, 2016

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