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Mayor Ralph Becker to help lead effort to end veteran homelessness

Published: Friday, March 14 2014 5:04 p.m. MDT

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker attends the Homeless Veteran Stand Down 2013 at the Veterans Medical Center in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker will serve as co-chairman of an effort to end homelessness among veterans. Becker joins National League of Cities President Chris Coleman, mayor of Saint Paul, Minn., and Mayor Greg Stanton of Phoenix to lead the Homeless Veteran Leadership Network, a national effort to challenge cities to meet the goal to end veteran homelessness in 2015.

Sixteen cities have initially signed on to the network to meet the Obama administration's recent challenge to mayors by partnering with community stakeholders and offering support for strategies to end veteran homelessness. Each network city will aim to engage in a "friendly competition" with another comparable city to be the next community to achieve that goal.

In 2013, the National League of Cities helped facilitate a competition between Phoenix and Salt Lake City to see which city could end veteran homelessness first. Recently, both cities have announced that they succeeded in ending chronic veteran homelessness.

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