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In the year since Boston launched an aggressive effort to end homelessness among military veterans, the city said Thursday it has helped find housing for 367 veterans.

The initiative, known as “Boston Homes for the Brave,” was launched in July 2014 as Boston’s response to Michelle Obama’s challenge to mayors across the country to commit to end veterans’ homelessness by the end of 2015.

Part of the initiative’s “functional zero” goal is to make sure that no veteran sleeps on the street except for “a rare and brief” period of being homeless and to have all homeless veterans housed, or on a path to stable housing.


According to the Walsh administration, veterans spend less time in homeless shelters now, compared with a year ago. The average shelter time for veterans who have become homeless this year is 44 days, the city said.

Currently, 70 percent of homeless veterans leave shelters within six months and 45 percent of that total leave in under two months. Last year, the city said, only 50 percent of veterans left the shelter system after six months.

“It’s a nationally recognized way of declaring success,” according to Lisa Pollack, spokeswoman for Boston Homes for the Brave. Pollack said there are a number of ways a veteran is considered housed, which include being reunited with family or friends, moving to a transitional home, buying a home, or renting.

Other city efforts include the $31 million upgrade to New England Center for Homeless Veterans and the South Boston Patriot Homes Project, which will convert a former police station into 24 affordable housing units with a preference for veterans.

This month, Walsh will hold meetings with brokers and landlords to discuss how they can support housing veterans.

The city is already in partnership with the real estate community and a number of organizations that work with homeless veterans.


Alexandra Koktsidis can be reached at alexandra.koktsidis