Some time ago, an announcement was made public that Asheville’s mayor had accepted [first lady] Michelle Obama’s challenge to end veterans’ homelessness. Since then, I have not seen or heard anything about the actual plans to do this, although I did hear that there was a lot of money that the city of Asheville may have applied for or had gotten to make this a reality.
Would Mountain Xpress ask the mayor about all this and write a story to clarify what is really going on? Many veterans here, including myself, would be really interested in knowing what actually is being done to implement the acceptance of Michelle Obama’s challenge other than accepting it.
— John Penley
U.S. Navy 1972-76
Editor’s note: Xpress contacted Mayor Esther Manheimer; her response can be found in the letter, “City of Asheville Works with Partners to House Veterans” in this issue.