Livermore, CA – On June 4, 2014, City of Livermore Mayor John Marchand will be participating at a White House event at the invitation of First Lady Michelle Obama on veteran homelessness. The “Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” kicks-off today with a panel discussion on reducing veteran homelessness. “I will be showcasing Livermore’s unique perspective and significant resources which can provide meaningful and long-term solutions to this critical issue. I will be working with our Congressional delegation and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to keep our Livermore VA Hospital open and to expand its services to our veterans as the need for those services continues to increase.” stated Mayor Marchand. “I look forward to sharing the event’s discussions with the Tri-Valley community.”
The White House invitation came as a result of Mayor Marchand’s recent Summit on Homelessness. The “Mayors Challenge” is a collaborative effort between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Representatives from each of these agencies also participated in the Livermore Summit. The National League of Cities is also a partner in this White House effort.
Marchand added, “Working with the ‘Mayors Challenge’ will allow Livermore to leverage federal resources and develop a local strategy to make sure every veteran in the community has access to stable housing and the supportive services they need to stay off the street. I believe our VA Hospital can be an integral part of that solution.”
For more information, visit http://www.hud.gov/veterans.
About the City of Livermore
Incorporated in 1876, the City of Livermore (www.cityoflivermore.net) is the easternmost city in the San Francisco Bay Area. With just over 83,000 residents, Livermore’s heritage is an eclectic blend of wine-making, cattle ranching and agriculture, cultural arts, and cutting edge technology. The city’s renowned reputation in science, technology and innovation is showcased at Sandia National Laboratories and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory which has been internationally recognized for its work in discovering Element 116 on the Periodic Table – Livermorium. The Livermore Premium Outlets on Interstate-580 and the city’s award-winning downtown provide a wide range of shopping, dining, and entertainment opportunities for residents and visitors alike.