Supporting our Service Men and Women
Stanton has always been committed to providing services, resources, and quality jobs for our community's veterans – and hard work paid off in 2013 when Phoenix became the first U.S. city to end chronic veteran homelessness.
Ending Veteran Homelessness
In December 2013, Phoenix became the first city in America to end chronic homelessness in our veteran community because Stanton recognized that we have a responsibility to take care of those who have served and sacrificed.
The incredible feat was accomplished by a coordinated effort at the City – and a coalition of leaders from the local, state, and federal governments, many in the business community, the faith community, and non-profits. Using the "Housing First" strategy, Phoenix housed more than 200 veterans.
There's still more work to do – within the veteran community and in other populations – to end homelessness in our community, and Stanton is committed to continuing this important effort.Read more about how Phoenix ended chronic veteran homelessness.
Efforts to Support Phoenix's Veteran CommunityStanton's work for veterans doesn't stop at housing – he's ensuring that our service men and women have access to jobs and career resources, health care, and legal services.
The H.E.R.O. hiring initiative was formed when Stanton took office to address the unacceptably high unemployment rate among veterans. Stanton reached out to valley companies and coordinated a job fair to get our veterans back to work. But the initiative does more than introduce vets to potential employers. Veterans participate in workshops for better interview skills, translating resumes into civilian language, and take a "pre-match" assessment to find which employers will be the best fit.
The City of Phoenix is a key partner in the annual Arizona StandDown event, one of the nation's largest outreach events for homeless and at-risk veterans. In one place, veterans can access medical, dental, employment opportunities, social services and housing assistance. More than 1,400 veterans received services at the event last year.
At the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting, Stanton won an award for his work on establishing the Veterans Court. The effort is a partnership between the Municipal Court, the Prosecutor's Office, Public Defender's Office, and Phoenix Veterans Administration. The goal of the Veterans Court is to ensure that veterans entering and exiting the justice system have access to programs and resources to help address root behavioral issues.