Fw: Pool report no 6, nov 25, background

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From: Geoff Earle [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 04:50 PM
To: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO; Gabriel, Brian A. Jr. EOP/WHO
Subject: Pool report no 6, nov 25, background

Background from the White House

Today, the First Family, joined by friends and extended family, are taking part in a service project in Washington, DC at Friendship Place, an organization dedicated to serving the local homeless population. The First Family will serve Thanksgiving Dinner at Friendship Place's "Feast with Friends" to individuals and families that participate in their programs, including homeless and at-risk veterans from the organization's Veterans First program. Veterans First is a leading provider of housing stability to veterans and their families in the Washington DC metro area - serving 550 households.

Progress on Veterans Homelessness

As part of the Administration's focus on reducing the rate of veteran homelessness, Friendship Place received a $3.1 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2015 for veteran homelessness capacity-building. Working closely with public and private sector partners, the Administration is making progress in doing right by America's veterans. In fact, homelessness among our veterans has declined by 36 percent between 2010 and January 2015, with unsheltered homelessness among veterans decreasing by 50 percent during that time period. Additionally, on Veterans Day - and building on local successes including New Orleans, Houston and Las Vegas - the commonwealth of Virginia announced that it has become the first state to effectively end veteran homelessness. The Administration, led by the work of the President, the First Lady and the Joining Forces initiative, will continue to press this issue and keep up the progress we've seen for America's veterans.

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-- Geoff Earle

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