Mayor Gillum Working To End Veteran Homelessness In Tallahassee
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum is touting a pledge to end veteran homelessness in the city. He spoke about the initiative Friday at a meeting of homelessness stakeholders in Tallahassee.
Homelessness is an ongoing issue, and in recent years its prevalence among veterans has been particularly distressing for government officials. Mayor Gillum points to a Tallahassee housing project called Home Front that provides low-cost rent for veterans, but he says it’s just one piece of the puzzle.
“It’ll take more projects like that,” Gillum says, “but the key is making sure we can assist these folks in getting jobs so they can afford to live in a community like ours.”
Gillum says Susan Pourciau, President of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition, encouraged him to sign a pledge to end veteran homelessness in the Tallahassee during this year’s point-in-time homelessness counts. He spoke at the quarterly meeting of the Department of Children and Families’ council on homelessness.