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Binghamton Mayor David to attend veteran homeless event at The White House

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 Binghamton Mayor Rich David has been invited and will attend a Joining Forces Veteran Homeless Capstone Event with First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House on Monday, Nov. 14 at 12:00 noon. in Washington, D.C., the latest in national recognition of the City of Binghamton’s trailblazing efforts to end veteran homelessness.

In Nov. 2014, federal officials announced Binghamton as the first U.S. city to successfully answer a White House Challenge To End Veteran Homelessness. Through the formation of a Blue Ribbon Commission with local experts in veteran support services and homelessness, the City had identified its homeless veterans and created an individualized housing plan for each.

In Oct. 2016, Mayor David announced a new 10-unit homeless veterans housing project at 27 Pine St. in Binghamton to support these efforts, establishing a homeless veteran housing option for decades to come.

“It is our moral and patriotic obligation to care for those who protect our freedom,” said Mayor David at the project announcement in October. “We’re creating a safe home that takes homeless veterans off the streets and connects them with the support services they need. I could’t be more proud of this initiative and what it says about the City of Binghamton and its partners being on the front lines of this national priority.”

Construction of the facility is scheduled to be complete in Feb. 2017.

Joining Forces, created by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, is a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. Joining Forces works hand in hand with the public and private sector to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.

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