ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – With chilly temperatures this week, it might warm your thoughts to know that there are no more veterans out in the cold. It’s thanks to a successful 100-day challenge organized by the Mayor of Abilene.
Abilene Mayor Anthony Williams and other agencies announced Thursday that veteran homelessness has been eliminated in the Key City, making it only one of nine cities in the U.S. to claim that honor and the only city in Texas.
We’re told organizers found housing for more than 60 veterans in 100 days.
Mayor Williams and Michelle Parrish with the Community Foundation of Abilene credit teamwork and data-collecting systems that track homelessness for reaching this goal.
“I am so proud to stand here on this day with the achievment that not just the mayor or individuals, but team Abilene has accomplished today and that’s something all of us can be proud of,” Mayor Williams said.
The mayor and agencies at the event say the next demographic they will likely try to lower is the chronically homeless, or those who have been homeless three or four times in a 12-month period and have a disability.