This Veterans Day, Americans once again honored those who served with parades, speeches and endless heartfelt platitudes, yet it was hard to ignore the pressing issues that many of these veterans confront daily.
Beyond the devastating rise in suicides one of the more pressing issues faced by many of these heroes is the challenge of homelessness. Among California’s nearly 1.8 million veterans about 11,000 of them go unsheltered on any given night.
The Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention (VHHP) program is working hard to create solutions to the problem of veterans’ homelessness. The organization just awarded more than $18 million in projects to benefit of local veterans.
The money will be allocated as follows: $9,900,000 was awarded to Windsor Veterans Village in San Bernardino; $4,426,369 was awarded to San Bernardino; and, the Mission Heritage Plaza, Riverside was awarded $4,001,485.
“The housing provided to our veterans and their families through VHHP is more than a roof and four walls,” said HCD Director Ben Metcalf. “Residents also receive quality supportive services including case management, substance abuse services, health clinics, benefits advocacy, and family and childcare services. We are creating stable and safe environments for our veterans who served our nation.”
A collaboration between the California Department of Housing and Community Development, the California Department of Veterans Affairs, and the California Housing Finance Agency resulted in more than $72 million in VHHP funding being awarded statewide. This is the fourth round of funding awarded under this initiative.
Developers, nonprofit entities, etc. will use these funds to construct, acquire, rehabilitate, or preserve affordable multifamily housing to help provide stable and affordable homes to California veterans and their families.
Another round of round of awards is expected to be available in the fall of 2019. The awards will provide another opportunity to apply for and receive funds to create additional homes for veterans throughout the state.