Austin effectively ends veteran homelessness
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The mayor of Austin, Texas, Steve Adler (D), was praised by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development last week for ending homelessness among U.S. veterans in his city.

Over the past two years, Austin has housed more than 680 veterans and now has developed a program that finds housing for homeless veterans within three months. 
"It certainly wasn't just me," Adler said in a radio interview with John Catsimatidis on Sunday. 
"Its a large group of people who set this as a priority to deal with. And I think it was a collection of people that we had that enabled us to get the success that we had. ... It's an honor to serve these folks."
The mayor of the Texas capital said he was able to create a successful program by getting together with his team and not leaving the room until a solution was found.
"We had a debt to these folks, and we were in a position to do something about it, and it began with literally putting everybody in the same room at the same time where we had the capacity to solve the problem," he said. "And we closed the door and said let's not leave here until we do."
The key to the program, Adler said, was forging a unique relationship between various housing and real estate associations and those who were looking for units. He said the new relationship was able to address the problem.
Adler also pointed out that it is statistically impossible to fully cure veteran homelessness given the fact that some people go in and out of homelessness due to radical changes in their daily lives.
However, unlike two years ago, any veteran who is identified as homeless now has a virtual guarantee to have a home within the timespan of the program.