Chairman Ramos commented, “Homelessness is an issue ….very
real…. everyday in our communities.”
San Bernardino County Board of
Supervisors has approved the allocation of $248,300 of Discretionary General Funding to reinforce existing
resources for homeless veterans. Tuesday San Bernardino July 21, 2015, the
Board conducted a study session focused on the County’s system for homeless
services and the tragedy of homelessness among the County’s U.S. Military Veterans.
Board directed staff to work with community partners and other agencies in a coordinated
effort to house all of the San Bernardino County’s Veterans by December 31,
that time, willing and interested partners, including Light House Social
Service Centers, Loma Linda University, Goodwill, United Way, California
Apartment Association, Faith Advisory Council, Inland Valley Hope Partners, and
National CORE, along with representatives from the San Bernardino County
Sheriff, CDH, HACSB, Behavioral Health, Veterans Affairs, Workforce Investment
Board and the County Office of Homeless Services have been working diligently
to leverage sources, align services and eliminate impediments to achieving this
“We have been successful
in housing 224 of our 401 homeless Veterans,” stated Frank Guevara, Director of
Veterans Affairs. “All of our partners have been a crucial part of this accomplishment.
I thank them for their continued support and commitment to our homeless Veterans”
this process, the lack of temporary (bridge) housing has been identified as a significant
impediment to housing our homeless Veterans. Access to additional bridge housing
resources, along with essential moving costs, will be critical to house the remaining
177 homeless Veterans by the end of the year.
Ramos commented, “Homelessness is an issue that is very real. We see it every day
in our community. In July we set the goal of housing 100% of our identified
homeless Veterans by the end of this year, the approval of the additional funds
will help us get closer to our goal of completely eradicating homelessness in
information on this item can be found in the October 20, 2015 agenda at http://cob-sire.sbcounty/gov/sirepub/.