The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) have announced two partnerships with the private sector aimed at ending veteran homelessness within New York City. Totaling $750,000 in funds raised, the partnerships include the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, and the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and its members.
The Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation has awarded a $250,000 grant to MOVA, to support the City in meeting Functional Zero, the national standard for ending veteran homelessness and rapidly rehousing all new veterans that enter the shelter system. Funds will be used for direct services for veterans as well as towards helping NYC reach its goals in ending veteran homelessness.
Additionally, the Mayor’s Fund has raised $500,000 from private partners, including REBNY and its members, to provide financial assistance to veterans who successfully transitioned from shelters to permanent housing at the end of 2015.
“Every veteran should receive proper housing and the services they need to help them cope with their experiences in war,” said Mayor de Blasio. “I think the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, REBNY and our folks in the Mayor’s Fund and MOVA who are leading the way towards functional zero.”
According to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of veterans staying in shelters or on the streets has decreased by 90% since 2011. In 2015, NYC placed more than 1,000 veterans in permanent housing across the five boroughs.
So far in 2016, the City has placed 437 veterans in permanent housing.