There are 15,179 homeless veterans within the State of California, which equates to approximately 25% of the nation’s total homeless population and the largest population of homeless veterans in the nation.
Additionally, on any given night in San Diego County, there are 8,506 homeless persons, of which 3,985 are unsheltered; and, San Diego County and City has the third highest population of homeless veterans (1,486) in the nation.
It is unacceptable and a tragedy to have our nation’s heroes – military veterans who put their lives on the line for our freedom and protection – live and die on our streets without dignity.
The OBTC is committed to promoting the general betterment of Ocean Beach and the welfare of its residents, including our homeless residents, and to fostering cooperative efforts among all community organizations and residents for their mutual benefit.
On May 14, the Ocean Beach Town Council passed a resolution that endorses and supports Proposition 41 – the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act of 2014 – and we encourage all Obecians to support this ballot initiative on June 3, 2014.
Proposition 41 will make $600 million of existing Proposition 12 (Veterans Bond Act of 2008) bond funds available to expand housing options for veterans. Proposition 41 will allow homeless veterans, veterans and veterans’ families who are at risk of homelessness, and veterans struggling with disabilities and unemployment to access safe, decent, affordable places to live, and to access needed mental health, substance use, case management, or job training services.
Click here to read our full resolution in support of Prop 41.
Click here to learn more about Prop 41.