Gulf Coast region, Mississippi

Gulf Coast region, Mississippi

Coverage Area

  • Cities: Gulfport and Biloxi
  • Counties: 6
  • Total Population: 500,000

Functional Zero

  • Veteran (2015)

We’ve been working with the Gulf Coast region of Mississippi since 2015. Here is the incredible story of their inspiring local team and their successful fight to end veteran homelessness.

Overview

The Gulf Coast region of Mississippi was the first community to reach functional zero for veteran homelessness. The community shows it is possible to not only end veteran homelessness, but to protect zero.

The Gulf Coast region of Mississippi has shown it is possible to create a future where veteran homelessness does not have to be inevitable or inescapable, and never a way of life. Their improvements coalesced to increase the speed of housing local veterans who had experienced homelessness: at one point, they had reduced the time it took from identifying a new veteran to placing him or her in housing to just 14 days.

Mary Simons, Executive Director/CEO of Open Doors Homeless Coalition, and Jodie Picciano Swanson, homeless program manager for the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System

Mary Simons, Executive Director/CEO of Open Doors Homeless Coalition, and Jodie Picciano Swanson, homeless program manager for the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System

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