This past Memorial Day, we remembered and honored the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. We continue with our commitment to help the hundreds of veterans who are struggling with homelessness in our community.
Significant progress has been made in housing veterans in the last year:
- The 100,000 Homes Campaign has successfully housed more than 15,000 veterans nation-wide;
- The San Diego County 100-Day Veterans Campaign exceeded its goals to house 100 veterans, housing a total of 103;
- The City of San Diego has received a notable increase in federal housing vouchers for veterans; and
- Mayor Filner has requested significant funding to extend the Veterans Winter Shelter year-round, and is working on a comprehensive plan to end veterans homelessness in the city.
However, there is more work to be done in ending veteran homelessness. The results of the 2013 Point-in-Time Count showed that roughly 15% of the 8,879 homeless individuals counted in the San Diego Region are veterans – this equates to approximately 1,330 homeless veterans in the region!
We will continue to highlight best efforts and practices to end homelessness for our veterans and other persons residing on the streets in San Diego. Thank you for your continued support and involvement in the Campaign.
Jennifer LeSar, Campaign Coordinator
Robin Madaffer, Campaign Leadership Team Co-Chair