Mayor’s Fund and Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Announce Partnerships to End Veteran Homelessness

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.

Mayor de Blasio Praises Rob Speyer’s Work With Mayor’s Fund

In his October 21 remarks at the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Meeting in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Rob Speyer’s work with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, calling Speyer “tremendously civically oriented.”

Speyer is serving as co-chair of the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting Steering Committee.

From Mayor de Blasio’s speech:

Right now, I’m especially appreciative of the two folks – who I’ve had the joy of working with on a lot of issues here in the city – who are serving as the fall meeting co-chairs – Jeff Blau and Rob Speyer, both tremendously civically oriented. Rob has done a lot to help us with our Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and a lot of other key fronts. We work with Jeff all the time. These are two individuals who are real leaders in the industry, and partners in all we do. So, let’s thank Jeff and Rob for their great work.

 The full transcript and video of the mayor’s remarks are available here.