SAN FRANCISCO—By the end of 2017, the city of San Francisco plans to open 75 housing units for homeless veterans. Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Jeffery Kositsky, Director of the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing will be working together to reduce the amount of veterans living on the street by 225 people.
In the past, HSH and other organizations were able to reduce the veteran homeless population by 126 people with the opening of supportive housing units on 250 Kearny Street. San Francisco plans to produce better results with new housing units at the Crown and Winton Hotel. The Crown Hotel has 50 new living spaces, and 30 of those will contain veterans. While The Winton Hotel will have 104 new units and will accommodate 45 veterans.
“By making important improvements to our system, prioritizing housing placements for highly vulnerable veterans, and with the continued support and commitment of all local and federal partners, I am confident that San Francisco can end chronic homelessness for veterans,” said Kositsky in a statement released by the Mayor’s office.
Pervious success has be accredited to community support from nonprofit organizations, local and federal government agencies, and other agencies. On Thursday, November 17, the Homes for Heroes will be hosting an event at City Hall to recruit private landlords to help relieve and support San Francisco’s homeless population. To learn more about the event and to rsvp visit: http://bit.ly/landlordengagement
“No one who has served our country should be homeless in our City and these 75 new units will bring us one step closer to eradicating this situation,” said Mayor Lee. “Over the last two years we have housed over 700 chronically homeless vets and we are committed to continuing this work. Chronic veteran homelessness has no place in San Francisco.”