Honoring our veterans and ending veteran homelessness
Dear fellow King County employee,
Each year, we pause as a grateful nation on November 11 to salute the men and women who answered the call to serve in our nation’s armed forces. Of the 122,000 veterans of all ages who call King County home, I am proud to say that 931 of them are our fellow King County employees, including 27 who were called to active duty over the past year.
Along with our respect and appreciation, we best honor their service through our actions. Through our King County Veterans Program and the voter-approved Veterans and Human Services Levy, we are helping local veterans and their families to transition home successfully – with counseling, case management, employment and training programs, and more.
But our greatest challenge is the number of veterans who have come home to homelessness. I signed on to the White House Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness and so far this year, with our partners at All Home, we have housed 717 formerly homeless veterans. To reach our goal by the end of the year that no veteran be homeless, we must find housing for the last among them, including 310 who have the ticket to ending homelessness in their hands today: a rental voucher. We need landlords who value what our veterans have contributed and who will accept that voucher. If you or anyone you know can help by dedicating just one unit to house a local veteran, please contact the WelcomeOneHome Program at 206-336-4616.
Even one homeless veteran is one too many. Let us come together as a community to ensure that every King County veteran has a home in time for the holidays. Thank you.
King County Executive