San Diego Reports Progress in Reducing Veteran Homelessness (San Diego Housing Commission)

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December 2nd, 2020

From the Times of San Diego:

City officials, the San Diego Housing Commission and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless said Tuesday that regional collaboration has led to a significant drop in veteran homelessness and continues under the Operation Shelter to Home program.

This year’s Point-in-Time count conducted by the task force showed a 43% decrease in the number of veterans experiencing homelessness from 2019 to 2020. That number was reduced further after April 1, city leaders said, when the San Diego Convention Center was converted into Operation Shelter to Home — a temporary shelter to protect over 1,000 homeless individuals from the global pandemic.

More 750 individuals have been connected to housing so far as part of that project — including 175 veterans — and an additional 200 veterans matched to housing resources.

“We’ve come a long way as a region over the past few years when it comes to implementing innovative solutions to reduce homelessness and it’s paying off with real results,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “Our veterans have served and protected us, and the San Diego region has made getting every veteran off the street a top priority. We’re making progress, but there’s a lot more to do to ensure every hero has a home.”

Read the Times of San Diego's article "San Diego Reports Progress in Reducing Veteran Homelessness," featuring the San Diego Housing Commission.

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