San Diego is in crisis. according to a January 2017 poll that was conducted to count each homeless person in the county, there were 9,116 compared to 8,692 that were counted during the same time last year.
San Diego has the 4th largest population in the country. The numbers are most likely a lot higher, as the poll doesn’t count those that are homeless that may be “Couch Surfing”, staying with friends or living in RV’s or cars around the city.
Of these 9,116 that were accounted for, 16% of them are Veterans. Which is 1,459 Veterans that sleep on our streets each night. San Diego has the highest population of homeless veterans in the Country. No one who has served our country should have to face the issue of having no place to call home!
Statistics show that Veterans are becoming homeless far faster from current combat theaters than ever before. During the Vietnam era our military were coming home to parents, wives and young families. On average it took 5-7 years for a returning soldier to become homeless.
Current military returning from several combat deployments, often back to back are facing homelessness at a far faster rate. On average it is 12-18 months from when they are returning home.
The current VA system, our cities approach to the homeless and the fragmented system of resources that are out there often leave our veterans frustrated, confused, feeling helpless, overwhelmed and hopeless. Coupled with a multitude of health, mental health and addiction issues…. this can and often does leave our Veterans feeling alone and defeated.
Homeless Veterans of San Diego is committed to the mission of offering each homeless veteran that is willing to make a commitment to help themselves and work one on one with one of our advocates. We provide individualized advocacy and care to provide them resources and steps to get them the care and hope they need.
We have seen great success in establishing trust, friendship and positive interaction with our homeless veterans by meeting with them regularly and helping them individually through the many steps of moving in a positive direction to end their own homelessness and gain their pride, dignity and self worth back. Together we can end this epidemic and take these Veterans off the streets and into homes they can be feel safe, peaceful and proud of.
Many of the Veterans who have nobly served our country come home being told “thank you for your service” but the reality is that some vets are invisible, unwelcome or just ignored; they can face homelessness and unemployment. The Homeless Veterans of San Diego’s mission is to help veterans leverage their considerable skills to rejoin their community. Specifically, HVSD offers support for veterans to secure housing, medical care, employment, and life skills that are necessary to enable re-entry into their community. HVSD’s approach is to focus on the individual, by providing support and services customized to the individual’s needs, delivered in a high touch manner. We believe this relationship is founded on trust and creating a relationship with the veteran that makes them feel comfortable and treated with dignity. Each of them have a unique story and circumstances. We assist each veteran individually and aim for a high success rate for each of them. Everyone deserves a home and a helping hand up.