Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Between 1,700 and 2,000 veterans are either living on the streets or in temporary shelters in San Diego County on any given night, according to a study released today.
The finding is consistent with past studies on the subject, according to the San Diego-based National University System Institute for Policy Research, which conducted the new study.
"San Diego is home to one of the largest veterans populations in the country,'' said Institute President Erik Bruvold in a statement. "Our report will hopefully increase awareness that we need to do more to find housing for these heroes and that too many are falling through the cracks.''
The study also found that by 2020, there will be 16,000 post-Sept. 11 veterans being discharged from the military and making their homes in San Diego County.