San Francisco Taking Steps to end Homelessness for Veterans
San Francisco is trying to end homelessness in the city and the city’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing has specifically targeted chronic homelessness among veterans. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee stated,
We’re on our way to ending chronic homelessness for our vets. This is one of my highest priorities.
The last official street homeless count in San Francisco was taken in 2015 and it turned out that there were 598 homeless veterans. Of those, 304 veterans were chronically homeless, meaning that they had been on the street for a year or more. Mayor Lee hopes to cut the city’s overall chronic homeless population of 1,700 in half by 2022. As of last month, the city’s supportive housing units have reached 7,066, which is the first time it has gone past 7,000 units. Supportive housing provides homeless people with rooms or apartments that have counseling and other services on site to help homeless people transition to stability. Hopefully the city continues its efforts to end chronic homelessness for veterans and reduce its homeless population.
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