Governor Wolf Provides Update on Pennsylvania Efforts to End Veterans Homelessness

first_img Government That Works,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Results,  Veterans Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Brigadier General Anthony Carrelli, acting adjutant general with the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), today announced that Pennsylvania exceeded its 100-day goal with 629 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania were placed in permanent housing between Sept. 23 and Dec. 31, 2015 as part of the Governor’s challenge to significantly reduce veteran homelessness. The 100-day challenge was announced on Sept. 22 with a goal of serving 550 homeless veterans by the end of 2015.The commonwealth’s efforts continued in 2016 with 243 veterans being placed in housing in January, bringing the total to nearly 900 homeless veterans served from the end of September until the end of January. Numbers for February 2016 are still being tabulated.“I am extremely proud of the commonwealth agencies, local governments and community partners who have banded together to identify and provide homeless veterans with stable housing and access to the programs and services that will help them rebuild their lives,” said Governor Wolf. “While we exceeded our goal, we know that there are still many homeless veterans on our streets and we remain committed to reaching out to these brave men and women who served our country.”The commonwealth along with local officials, community housing and homeless service providers, federal agencies, and corporate and philanthropic organizations are committed to effectively ending veteran homelessness; this means having the programs and systems in place so that future homeless episodes will be rare, brief and non-recurring.“Over the past several months it’s been exciting to see that the city of Lancaster/Lancaster County, Philadelphia and Reading/Berks County have formally announced they have the systems in place to successfully meet the needs of homeless veterans in their areas,” said Gen. Carrelli. “It’s also been rewarding for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to coordinate and rally the efforts of all of the stakeholders in this effort and we will continue to advocate for Pennsylvania’s homeless veterans.”General Carrelli will be available for media interviews today following his testimony in front of the House Appropriations Committee at 11:00amThe challenge, officially known as the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that was launched in June 2014. It was conceived as a means for local leaders to create and coordinate strategies to curb veteran homelessness. In early 2015, HUD conducted a point-in-time count which identified approximately 1,400 homeless veterans in Pennsylvania. Across the United States, 859 mayors, governors and county executives are currently participating in the challenge. For more information about the challenge, visit the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness.To read Governor Wolf’s September 22 proclamation, click here. To keep up to date on programs and services benefitting Pennsylvania veterans, follow DMVA on Facebook or Twitter.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf March 03, 2016 Governor Wolf Provides Update on Pennsylvania Efforts to End Veterans Homelessnesscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bolt continues to fuel his pro football dreams in Norway

first_img0Shares0000Retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has been training with the Norwegian football club Stromsgodset at Marienlyst Stadium in Drammen, Norway. © AFP / Hans Arne VedlogDRAMMEN, Norway, May 31 – Usain Bolt hopes to play in a friendly against the Norway Under-19 team next week as part of his ongoing bid to become a professional footballer and prepare for his Old Trafford debut in a charity match.The 31-year-old eight-time Olympic gold medallist took part in training on Thursday with Norwegian top-tier club Stromsgodset at Drammen,40km (25 miles) south-west of Oslo, as part of his week-long stay. It is the latest part of Bolt’s on-going bid to become a professional footballer after the Manchester United fan also trained with Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in March.He is set to play at United’s iconic Old Trafford stadium in a Soccer Aid charity match on June 10 when he captains a World XI against an England celebrity team led by singer Robbie Williams.Before that, the retired sprint king hopes to get on the pitch in Stromsgodset’s friendly against the Norwegian Under-19 side on Tuesday.“If I can get a couple of minutes, that would be good,” Bolt told reporters, sweating heavily after the training session.“I’m here to try to get fit for the charity game in Manchester next weekend.“Getting a few minutes on a full pitch would be good for me.Usain Bolt said everyone at Norwegian football club Stromsgodset ‘has been cool and welcoming.’ © AFP / Hans Arne Vedlog“They are very good at passing. The standard is very good here, the game is high tempo.“The more comfortable I get here, the more I will relax, but everyone has been cool and welcoming.”According to reports, Bolt has been given the shirt number 9.58 — his world record time for the 100 metres set in Berlin in 2009 — to wear during his stay.Stromsgodset are struggling — 12th of the 16 teams in Norway’s Eliteserien top league — and he has some advice.“Just play better, I guess,” he said with a laugh.“It’s all about the work and sometimes about a bit of luck, as the seasons goes, on you always improve, so hopefully they’ll get better and fitter.”Stromsgodset’s sports director Jostein Flo has said he wants to give Bolt a chance in the forthcoming friendly and the squad was surprised to find the world’s fastest man in their dressing room.– ‘A bit rusty’ –“We had no idea before he walked through the door, that was awesome,” goalkeeper Espen Bugge Pettersen told Norwegian daily Dagbladet.“He is a bit rusty, in his current form he won’t add value, but we will have to give him some time.”Forward Marcus Pedersen said the Jamaican’s pace was obvious.Usain Bolt said he is training at Norwegian football club Stromsgodset ‘to try to get fit for the charity game in Manchester next weekend.’ © AFP / Hans Arne Vedlog“We haven’t seen so much of his footballing skills yet, but he obviously outpaces anyone around here,” said the Norway international.While Bolt’s dalliance with football has yet to lead to a contract, the head of Stromsgodset’s supporters club was delighted to see the world’s fastest man at training.“It brings joy to the fans and that is a relief after a few bad rounds in the league,” said Stromsgodset supporter Thor Arne Hanssen.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more