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Mon Nov 26, 2012, 09:56 AM

SF helps homeless veterans find housing


U.S. Army veteran Brett Smith, homeless in San Francisco for years, found a place in the Richmond District with his federal housing voucher.

SF helps homeless veterans find housing
Heather Knight
Updated 10:57 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2012

In June, Mayor Ed Lee made a promise: His administration would house 50 homeless veterans who had federal vouchers for housing but no luck convincing a landlord to rent to them.

Politicians' pledges can be meaningless, but this one is panning out. So far, 54 veterans who had vouchers at the start of 2012 have been housed. The previous average wait time between receiving a voucher and finding housing was 270 days. Now, it's 83.

The Department of Veterans Affairs awarded the city $2.7 million in March to pay for an additional 200 vouchers. Sixty have been designated for residents of Veterans Commons, a new supportive housing complex for homeless veterans co-run by the nonprofit Swords to Plowshares.

An additional 75 vouchers are tied to veterans seeking housing through West Bay Housing, which tries to place low-income people in housing throughout the Bay Area. Sixty-five more veterans are working with case managers to find private apartments.

unhappycamper comment: Veterans in 2012 face the same problems I did after my two 'vacations' in Vietnam.

Veterans living on the streets? check

Veterans with brain injuries? check

Veterans in prison? check

Veterans committing suicide? check

Disabled veterans? check

Veterans cannot find jobs? check

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