Preparations Underway For 27th Annual Stand Down For San Diego Homeless Vets
Monday, July 14, 2014
Aired 7/14/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.
Preparations Underway For 27th Annual Stand Down For Homeless Veterans
Phil Landis, President/CEO, Veterans Village of San Diego
Jon Nachison, Co-Founder, Stand Down
The 27th annual Stand Down for homeless veterans takes place this week in San Diego.
It's an opportunity for homeless vets to get necessary medical services, connect with counselors and spend a couple of nights off the street.
But unlike in years past, the issue of homeless veterans is now the subject of a national initiative.
Federal, state and local lawmakers, including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer have signed on to an effort called the 25 Cities Initiative. The goal is to end veteran homelessness by the end of next year. Supporters are hoping this may be one of the last major stand downs needed in San Diego.
Stand Down runs from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20 at San Diego High School.
A count in January found more than 8,500 homeless people in San Diego County, about 17 percent of whom were veterans. The figure for ex-military members was up 2 percent from a year earlier.