We have some wonderful news to share that will greatly assist efforts to end homelessness for local veterans.
Immediately before Memorial Day weekend, Mayor Bob Filner announced the award of 185 new federal housing vouchers to the San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC), a key partner of the Campaign. SDHC will use these vouchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program for their efforts to house homeless veterans in the City of San Diego. This more than doubles the agency’s allocation over last year!
“This gives the San Diego Housing Commission the chance to get 185 people into homes of their own,” Mayor Filner said. “You can’t imagine the change in lives that represents. The term ‘homeless veteran’ should not be in our vocabulary.”
Last year, SDHC provided HUD-VASH vouchers to house 67 formerly homeless veterans housed through the “100-Day Veterans Campaign a coordinated county-wide program which accelerated the eligibility screening process for these federally funded housing vouchers. The County of San Diego’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) provided vouchers for an additional 36 veterans during the “100-Day Veterans Campaign.” Additionally, the County HCD was invited to apply for 40 HUD-VASH vouchers this fiscal year and has confirmed its willingness to administer these vouchers. This award will bring the total regional HUD-VASH voucher allocation to 225!