Public officials and advocates for homeless people said Friday that they believe they can eliminate homelessness among military veterans in Glendale in the next 12 months.
The comments came at a public forum during which officials released data collected as part of a three-day homeless census conducted earlier this week. The outreach effort was executed under the umbrella of the national 100,000 Homes Campaign, launched by New York City-based organization Common Ground and dedicated to moving 100,000 chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing.
"I was very gratified to talk to the Common Ground people today who felt that after doing the survey … it wasn't only realistic that we could end veteran homelessness in a year, they said it was a no-brainer, and that is really great to hear," said Glendale Mayor Laura Friedman.
Representatives and volunteers for PATH Achieve Glendale, the Glendale Police Department and numerous faith-based organizations canvassed the city during the early-morning hours Monday through Wednesday, making contact with homeless people and recording critical data.