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First lady call for action

July 10th 2014

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The USA’s first lady Michelle Obama had made an impassioned call to action on veteran homelessness, a problem she declared a “moral outrage".

“Even one homeless veteran is a shame,” she said at the launch of the Mayors' Challenge to End

Veteran Homelessness, an effort that has drawn commitments from 77 mayors, governors and county officials.

“The fact that we have 58,000 (homeless veterans) is a moral outrage. We should all do more about it,” added Ms Obama.

“Tens of thousands of veterans who risked their lives for our country are living in a shelter or sleeping near a subway vent.”

The White House, which in 2009 declared a goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by 2016, says progress is being made but not quickly enough.


July 2014



Workfare boycott

Shelter standards raised

Footballer reveals: "I was homeless for six years"

Charity records 'revenge evictions' increase

Big Issue is 'tax loophole'

The Brazilian dream?

Homeless portrait scoops prestigious award

Strike over service cuts

London rough sleeping rise


Money for nothing

First lady call for action

Handwritten signs of the times

In focus: The Samaritans

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