Rockford recognized for efforts to end veteran homelessness

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Rockford was recognized for its efforts to end veteran homelessness, according to a recent article​from the Wall Street Journal.

While Rockford has been certified for ending veteran homelessness since 2015, it has met criteria to keep this status over the past three years.

In order to keep the certification, there cannot be more than eight identified homeless veterans in Rockford at a given time.

One Rockford area homeless program coordinator also told the Wall Street Journal nearly 200 veterans have received housing in Rockford since its certification.

According to a report​ from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, Rockford is one of 64 communities nationwide to end veteran homelessness and only one of three to end chronic homelessness. Will County, Illinois is the only other community to end veteran homelessness in Illinois.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates around 15,000 homeless veterans are currently living in the U.S.