Michelle Obama Urges Landlords To Take In Homeless Veterans

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By Eleanor Goldberg

First lady Michelle Obama has a proposition for any landlord eager to unload vacant space.

FLOTUS recently called on landlords and property owners around the U.S. to consider opening up units to homeless veterans, a move she considers a “smart thing to do for your business.”

Through her Mayor’s Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, Obama is working to end chronic veteran homelessness this year. And while she, together with the Department of Veteran Affairs, and participating government leaders have made significant inroads, Obama sees an untapped resource in landlords across the U.S.

In a taped statement, Obama urged more landlords to consider getting involved with theSupportive Services for Veteran Families program, an initiative that provides grants to nonprofits and consumer cooperatives on behalf of vets in need and to be more receptive to accepting HUD-VASH vouchers.

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