White House Announces New Initiative to End Homelessness

On June 4th, First Lady Michelle Obama made a big announcement and Andrea Kurtz, Director of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, was in the White House to hear it.

Since its launch, the Ten-Year Plan (TYP) has worked to move the chronically homeless into permanent housing by 2015. Led by the United Way of Forsyth County and the City of Winston Salem, the initiative brought together churches, educational institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, and private organizations. To date, they have created permanent supportive housing units, assisted disabled and homeless people access Supplemental Security income and Medicaid, and provided one-stop, one-shop accessibility to supportive services.  

In her announcement, Mrs. Obama revealed that President Obama has “directed record levels of funding toward helping homeless veterans, achieving historic success in getting our men and women in uniform into housing.” Through the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, the White House hopes that cities across America will eliminate veteran homelessness by 2015. The TYP has already made great progress in ending chronic homelessness and - with additional resources from the White House, HUD and Veteran Affairs – is on the way to end veteran homelessness as well.   

Click here to read a blog post by Denise Neunaber, Executive Director of the NC Coalition to End Homelessness, and to view the White House announcement. 

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Mayor Joins Homeless Veterans Initiative

United Way of Forsyth County is excited that Mayor Joines and the city of Winston Salem have joined the "Mayor's Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness". Since 2006, UWFC has been a part of the local, collective efforts to end homelessness through the Ten-Year Plan Commission on Homelessness.

White House Announces New Initiative to End Homelessness

On June 4th, First Lady Michelle Obama made a big announcement and Andrea Kurtz, Director of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, was in the White House to hear it.

UWFC begins Summer Hours

During June and July, United Way of Forsyth County will be closed on Fridays. Our office hours will be Monday - Thursday from 8am to 5pm. Click to read more and find out what staff had to say.