On Friday, August 19th,
Julian Castro, U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development, certified Friday that Austin has officially reached “functional zero” veteran homelessness status, meaning at any point in time, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness will be no greater than the community’s average monthly housing placement rate for veterans.*
At the event, Secretary Castro announced that Austin has housed over 600 homeless veterans since October 2014 through a variety of federally funded programs and private donors. Austin Mayor Steve Adler recognized the apartment management companies doing their part, and included Roscoe Properties. Managers Cheryl Drew and Peter Jones attended, representing Roscoe and their (respective) communities, Mesh Apartments and Volume Apartments. These communities and others in the Roscoe family are home to over 20 previously homeless heroes!
Providing housing, Castro said, is the first step toward getting these veterans the services they need to get back on their feet.**
Thank you to the veterans for your service, and to Cheryl, Peter and all the other Roscoe employees working to make a difference.
*Albiges, M “Austin reaches ‘functional zero’ veteran homelessness status” Community Impact Newspaper 19 August 2016 https://communityimpact.com
** Barragan, J & Nolan Hicks “HUD certifies Austin has ended homelessness among veterans” Austin American-Statesman 19 August 2016 http://www.mystatesman.com/