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Mayor Morrissey to Appear at White House Event on Veteran Homelessness

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Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey will take part in a panel at a veterans homelessness summit being held at the White House on Monday.

The event, ‘Joining Forces Veterans Homelessness Summit,’ is being held by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, and will include community leaders from across the country for an afternoon of panels and breakout sessions designed to celebrate the success and share best practices to end veteran homelessness.

Following opening remarks by the First Lady, there will be a panel with formerly homeless veterans that will be facilitated by Mayor Morrissey. He was asked to facilitate the panel due to Rockford’s efforts and achievement in ending veteran homelessness.

In December 2016, the City of Rockford was recognized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as the first community to reach functional zero and effectively end homelessness among local veterans.

“It’s an honor to accept the invitation from the First Lady to participate in today’s Capstone event to discuss our efforts and share best practices that helped Rockford achieve this important goal,” said Mayor Morrissey. “We have demonstrated to the nation that this can be done and we have sustained success over the last year. I’m incredibly proud of this work and honored to be a part of it.”

The summit is scheduled to begin at noon. It can be viewed live by clicking here.

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