Larry Stansberry New Orleans: Homelessness in the Crescent City

Larry Stansberry of New Orleans is a veteran health care administrator who has been the Chief Executive Officer at St. Margaret's at Mercy since 2001. "I am an executive and manager of capital and healthcare projects," he says. "My business intends to provide excellent health care to all, including the poor, frail, and elderly."

He has long been concerned with many social issues, including homelessness. As he knows, there are, on average, more than six hundred thousand people who are homeless in the United States on any given night. But he was encouraged by recent developments in New Orleans, when the city announced, at the beginning of 2015, that it had effectively ended homelessness among the city's military veteran population.

As Larry Stansberry of New Orleans knows, that announcement made New Orleans the first city in the United States to put a serious dent in homelessness in at least one segment of the problem. And homelessness advocates say that it provides hope that other segments of the nation's homeless can also be helped, declaring that the same solutions that work for veterans can work for everyone else.

The achievement in New Orleans goes back to July 4, 2014, when First Lady Michelle Obama unveilled the Mayor's Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. More than three hundred mayors around the country accepted the challenge, but New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu outdid them all by pledging to would meet the goal by the end of the year. He said that the nation owes its veterans eternal gratitude for their service and sacrifice. And on January 2nd, 2015, he said that the city's last known homeless veteran had been moved into a new apartment.

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