National Veterans Outreach Program https://www.agif-nvop.org American GI Forum Wed, 27 Nov 2019 17:09:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://www.agif-nvop.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/cropped-American-GI-Forum-1-32x32.jpg National Veterans Outreach Program https://www.agif-nvop.org 32 32 2019 Stand Down and Veterans Day Golf Tournament Set for Nov. 8 and 15! https://www.agif-nvop.org/2019-stand-down-and-veterans-day-golf-tournament-set-for-nov-8-and-15/ https://www.agif-nvop.org/2019-stand-down-and-veterans-day-golf-tournament-set-for-nov-8-and-15/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 17:23:49 +0000 http://giforum.local/?p=1507 As we move into the cooler months of the year, the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program needs your help to prepare for two of our biggest events of the year. Read below to learn how you can support veterans in need this fall. DONATE TO OUR STAND DOWN FOR HOMELESS VETERANS BY BRINGING […]

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As we move into the cooler months of the year, the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program needs your help to prepare for two of our biggest events of the year. Read below to learn how you can support veterans in need this fall.

  • DONATE TO OUR STAND DOWN FOR HOMELESS VETERANS BY BRINGING DONATIONS HERE

Donations

  • SUPPORT OUR VETERANS DAY GOLF TOURNAMENT BY SIGNING UP YOUR TEAM HERE:

Veterans Day Golf Tournament

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American GI Forum Launches Veteran Food Pantry! https://www.agif-nvop.org/american-gi-forum-launches-veteran-food-pantry/ https://www.agif-nvop.org/american-gi-forum-launches-veteran-food-pantry/#respond Wed, 18 Sep 2019 22:26:55 +0000 http://giforum.local/?p=1594 San Antonio, Texas – On Thursday, September 12, the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) received a $5,000 donation from the Alamo Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) to support its new San Antonio Veteran Food Pantry. The food pantry provides free, non-perishable food items for veterans who are experiencing homelessness, unemployment, […]

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Veteran Food Pantry
San Antonio, Texas – On Thursday, September 12, the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program (NVOP) received a $5,000 donation from the Alamo Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) to support its new San Antonio Veteran Food Pantry.

The food pantry provides free, non-perishable food items for veterans who are experiencing homelessness, unemployment, or other crisis situations. More than 50% of NVOP clients report that they are experiencing food insecurity and do not have access to healthy meals.

“More than half of the 1,000 or so veterans who walk through our doors each year come in with just the shirt on their back,” said Carlos Martinez, President and CEO of the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program. “It is impossible for anyone to focus on getting back on their feet with an empty stomach, let alone work on securing a job or a home. That is why we are deeply grateful to Alamo AFCEA for this incredible contribution to feed the veterans and families we serve at the NVOP. AFCEA continues to be an incredible champion for the men and women who wore our nation’s uniform and we are honored to have their support.”

For more information, contact the American GI Forum at (210) 354-4892.

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VA announces upcoming awards of more than $400M in grants to help Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness https://www.agif-nvop.org/va-announces-upcoming-awards-of-more-than-400m-in-grants-to-help-veterans-who-are-homeless-or-at-risk-of-homelessness/ https://www.agif-nvop.org/va-announces-upcoming-awards-of-more-than-400m-in-grants-to-help-veterans-who-are-homeless-or-at-risk-of-homelessness/#respond Fri, 02 Aug 2019 19:08:16 +0000 http://www.agif-nvop.org/?p=1978 WASHINGTON — Thousands of low-income Veterans and their eligible family members will continue to have access to crucial homelessness services as a result of $426 million in grants to be awarded under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. This funding includes $62 million in new SSVF awards […]

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Grants to Help Veterans
WASHINGTON — Thousands of low-income Veterans and their eligible family members will continue to have access to crucial homelessness services as a result of $426 million in grants to be awarded under the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.

This funding includes $62 million in new SSVF awards that support outreach, case management and other flexible assistance to rapidly re-house Veterans who become homeless or prevent Veterans from becoming homeless.

The grants will be awarded to 271 nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A list of applicants who will be awarded grants is available at www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp.

“Ending Veteran homelessness remains a high priority and the SSVF program has proven to be remarkably effective in helping low-income Veterans and their families overcome housing crises,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “By offering temporary assistance to eligible Veterans through these important grants, we will continue to help Veterans exit homelessness and remain in stable housing.”

In addition to conducting outreach and case management, grantees will assist eligible Veterans and their families with obtaining VA and other benefits, such as health care, fiduciary payee, financial planning, child care, legal, transportation, housing counseling and other services. Grantees are expected to leverage SSVF grants to enhance the housing stability of very low-income Veterans and their families. In doing so, grantees are required to establish relationships with local community resources.

In fiscal year 2018, SSVF grantees served 125,878 participants, including 82,664 Veterans and 25,942 children. As a result of these and other efforts, the number of homeless Veterans has been cut in half since the launch of the Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness in 2010. Since 2010, hundreds of thousands of Veterans and their family members have been placed into permanent housing or avoided becoming homeless through VA’s homelessness programs and targeted housing vouchers provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The applicants to whom grants will be awarded competed under a Notice of Fund Availability published Dec. 19, 2018, available at https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/SSVF_NOFA_Publication_2018_27465.pdf. The funding will support SSVF services in fiscal year 2020, which covers Oct. 1, 2019, to Sept. 30, 2020. The SSVF program is authorized by 38 United States Code 2044. VA implements the program by regulations in 38 CFR part 62. Visit www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf.asp to learn more about the SSVF program.

AMERICAN GI FORUM AWARDS:

  • American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc.
  • (TX-600) Dallas City & County, Irving CoC
  • Dallas and Collin Counties in Texas
  • Award Amount: $500,000.00
  • American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, Inc.
  • (TX-500) San Antonio/Bexar County CoC
  • (TX-603) El Paso City & County CoC
  • (TX-607) Texas Balance of State CoC
  • Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, El Paso, Guadalupe, Medina, Wilson
  • Award Amount: $3,142,141.00

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San Antonio Charity Wins Big in Manheim Corporate Challenge https://www.agif-nvop.org/san-antonio-charity-wins-big-in-manheim-corporate-challenge/ https://www.agif-nvop.org/san-antonio-charity-wins-big-in-manheim-corporate-challenge/#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 19:19:59 +0000 http://www.agif-nvop.org/?p=1984 Cox leadership donates $10,000 to American GI Forum ATLANTA, Ga. – A local organization that helps veterans with housing and employment needs was the big winner of a corporate challenge among Manheim locations nationwide. Manheim, a Cox Automotive brand, is North America’s leading provider of automotive wholesale solutions that help dealer and commercial clients increase […]

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Cox leadership donates $10,000 to American GI Forum

ATLANTA, Ga. – A local organization that helps veterans with housing and employment needs was the big winner of a corporate challenge among Manheim locations nationwide. Manheim, a Cox Automotive brand, is North America’s leading provider of automotive wholesale solutions that help dealer and commercial clients increase profits in their used vehicle operations.

The east-versus-west contest among the wholesale vehicle auction operating locations was meant to raise awareness for the company’s new mobile app, Manheim Express, which helps automotive dealers buy and sell wholesale vehicles quickly. The competition sparked a friendly wager among top executives at Cox Automotive and parent company Cox Enterprises. Consistent with the company’s ongoing emphasis on giving back to the community, the friendly wager resulted in a $10,000 donation to charities selected by the winning location in each region.

Manheim San Antonio was the west region winner and chose the local chapter of American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach to receive the donation. The organization helps veterans and their families find stable housing and meaningful employment.

“GI Forum does wonderful work for our nation’s veterans including our security officer who is a GI Forum resident,” explained Manheim San Antonio General Manager Mike Browning. “This donation is so important to their mission because it provides unrestricted monies to help fulfill needs that are not covered by grants or government funding.”

Manheim San Antonio employees also volunteer with GI Forum, hosting dinners, as well as distributing jackets, and care kits to residents living at the organization’s residence located in the downtown area of San Antonio.

Cox Enterprises President and CEO Alex Taylor and Cox Automotive President Sandy Schwartz spearheaded the corporate challenge among the Manheim locations. Together, they made good on their bets by making special visits to each winning location for a check presentation.

“We’re all about empowering our people to do great things,” said Taylor, who led the west region. “I was touched by the special connection between the team at Manheim San Antonio and the GI Forum and thrilled to support their passion for helping veterans in the community.”

Carlos Martinez, President and CEO at GI Forum, added, “We’re honored to receive this support and look forward to using the funds to assist veterans in Texas. We plan to use the $10,000 to assist our 2019 Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, a yearly event that provides flu shots, clothing, dental screenings and other care items for veterans and homeless individuals in San Antonio.”

About Manheim (www.manheim.com)

Manheim® is North America’s leading provider of end-to-end wholesale solutions that help dealer and commercial clients increase profits in their used vehicle operations. Through its physical, mobile and digital sales network, Manheim offers services for inventory management, buying and selling, floor planning, logistics, assurance and reconditioning. With its omni-channel approach, Manheim Marketplace enables wholesale vehicle clients more efficient ways to connect and transact business how and when they want. Approximately 17,000 team members help Manheim offer 7 million used vehicles annually, facilitating transactions representing nearly $61 billion in value. Headquartered in Atlanta, Manheim North America is a Cox Automotive™ brand. For more information, visit http://press.manheim.com.

CONTACT: Julie Zorn Shipp, Senior Manager, Public Relations, at 404-558-7837 or julie.shipp@coxautoinc.com
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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Award of $48.1 Million in Grants for Workforce Reintegration of Homeless Veterans https://www.agif-nvop.org/u-s-department-of-labor-announces-award-of-48-1-million-in-grants-for-workforce-reintegration-of-homeless-veterans/ https://www.agif-nvop.org/u-s-department-of-labor-announces-award-of-48-1-million-in-grants-for-workforce-reintegration-of-homeless-veterans/#respond Tue, 02 Jul 2019 19:35:15 +0000 http://www.agif-nvop.org/?p=1986 WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the awarding of 149 Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $48.1 million. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services for more than 18,000 homeless veterans. The Department will award funds on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the awarding of 149 Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants totaling $48.1 million. This funding will provide workforce reintegration services for more than 18,000 homeless veterans.

The Department will award funds on a competitive basis to state and local workforce investment boards, local public agencies and nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, and faith-based and community organizations. Homeless veterans may receive occupational skills, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training as well as job search and placement assistance.

This year’s HRVP awards provide 51 first-year grants totaling $16.9 million. Previous awardees will receive first- and second-option year grants totaling $31.2 million.

Grantees in the HVRP program will network and coordinate their efforts with other federal programs such as the Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families program, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care program.

More information on the Department’s unemployment and re-employment programs for veterans is available at www.dol.gov/vets. For questions about these grant awards, please contact the Department’s Kia Mason at (202) 693-2606 and for more information about the Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) please visit www.veterans.gov or follow on twitter @VETS_DOL

A full list of HVRP grant recipients follows:

Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program: Option-Year Awards
Organization Name State Amount
Aletheia House Inc. AL $500,000
Pima County AZ $236,664
United States Veterans Initiative AZ $325,000
Able-Disabled Advocacy Inc. CA $355,050
America Works of California Inc. CA $500,000
Berkeley Food and Housing Project CA $220,000
Community Catalysts of California CA $207,231
Goodwill of Santa Clara County CA $300,000
Interfaith Community Services CA $120,000
Interfaith Community Services CA $229,000
People Assist the Homeless CA $300,000
Swords to Plowshares CA $377,080
Swords to Plowshares CA $300,000
Swords to Plowshares – West Bay CA $437,070
The Salvation Army – a California corporation CA $440,000
U.S. Veterans Initiative CA $400,000
Vietnam Veterans of San Diego CA $500,000
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. CA $110,000
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. CA $240,000
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. CA $250,000
Volunteers of America of Los Angeles CA $509,000
Volunteers of America of Los Angeles CA $500,000
Volunteers of America of Los Angeles CA $500,000
Volunteers of America of Los Angeles CA $500,000
Volunteers of America Inc. CA $230,000
Volunteers of America-Northern California/Northern Nevada CA $167,126
Volunteers of America-Northern California/Northern Nevada CA $386,250
WestCare California Inc. CA $497,850
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless CO $500,000
Boley Centers Inc. FL $420,240
Boley Centers Inc. FL $317,240
City of Jacksonville, Florida Military Affairs & Veterans Department FL $231,750
Faith Hope Love Charity Inc. FL $282,932
Volunteers of America of Florida Inc. FL $192,898
Mary Hall Freedom House Inc. GA $340,000
Recovery Consultants of Atlanta GA $310,000
Travelers Aid of Metropolitan Atlanta Inc. GA $500,000
Catholic Charities Hawaii HI $250,000
U.S. Veterans Initiative-Hawaii HI $200,000
Idaho Department of Labor ID $114,500
Goodwill Industries of Central Illinois Inc. IL $231,312
Transitional Living Services Inc. IL $300,000
Crossroads Rehabilitation Center Inc. IN $337,840
ECHO Housing Corp. IN $173,739
Mountain Comprehensive Care Center KY $190,820
Pennyroyal Regional MH-MR Board Inc. KY $172,231
Volunteers of America, Mid States Inc. KY $325,804
Volunteers of America, Mid States Inc. KY $288,171
Veterans Inc. MA $146,895
Veterans North East Outreach Center MA $499,220
Volunteers of America Massachusetts MA $216,700
Alliance Inc. MD $500,000
Easter Seals Serving DC/MD/VA Inc. MD $500,000
ST. James A.M.E. Zion Church – Zion House MD $285,912
Volunteers of America Michigan MI $256,139
Volunteers of America Michigan MI $214,741
Volunteers of America Michigan MI $234,559
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans MN $500,000
St. Patrick Center MO $225,088
Hancock Resource Center MS $239,593
Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry NC $403,635
Volunteers of America of the Carolinas NC $298,242
Goodwill Industries of New Mexico NM $493,867
United States Veterans Initiative NV $250,000
America Works of New York Inc. NY $500,000
Black Veterans for Social Justice Inc. NY $185,020
Black Veterans for Social Justice Inc. NY $248,000
Black Veterans for Social Justice Inc. NY $275,050
Easter Seals New York Inc. NY $426,060
Easter Seals New York Inc. NY $299,860
NY State Department of Corrections & Community Supervision NY $234,041
Services for the Underserved Inc. NY $142,020
United Veterans Beacon House Inc. NY $104,125
Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center Inc. OH $395,903
Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio Inc. OH $350,000
Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio Inc. OH $300,000
Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio Inc. OH $100,000
Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio Inc. OH $205,000
Volunteers of America of Oklahoma OK $388,439
Easter Seals Oregon OR $500,000
Commission on Economic Opportunity PA $100,000
Impact Services Corp. PA $400,000
Impact Services Corp. PA $500,000
Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania Inc. PA $191,103
Veterans Place of Washington Boulevard PA $220,500
Operation Stand Down Rhode Island RI $300,000
Fast Forward SC $400,000
American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program Inc. TX $500,000
BakerRipley TX $300,000
Front Steps Inc. TX $300,000
The Houston Launch Pad TX $500,000
U.S. Veterans Initiative TX $250,000
STOP Inc. VA $355,050
Total Action Against Poverty VA $227,263
Snohomish County Workforce Development Council WA $283,142
Washington Department of Veterans Affairs WA $480,000
Center for Veterans Issues Ltd. WI $500,000
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists Inc. WI $240,000

 

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Homes For Heroes Foundation Supports Homeless Veterans with $50,000 Donation https://www.agif-nvop.org/homes-for-heroes-foundation-supports-homeless-veterans-with-50000-donation/ https://www.agif-nvop.org/homes-for-heroes-foundation-supports-homeless-veterans-with-50000-donation/#respond Wed, 22 May 2019 19:38:36 +0000 http://www.agif-nvop.org/?p=1988 Homes for Heroes Foundation Supports Homeless Veterans with $50,000 Donation $10,000 given to five non-profit organizations on the front lines in their local communities MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of Military Appreciation Month, the Homes for Heroes Foundation is gifting a total of $50,000 to five non-profit organizations around the country that […]

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Homes For Heroes
Homes for Heroes Foundation Supports Homeless Veterans with $50,000 Donation

$10,000 given to five non-profit organizations on the front lines in their local communities

MINNEAPOLIS, May 20, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — In honor of Military Appreciation Month, the Homes for Heroes Foundation is gifting a total of $50,000 to five non-profit organizations around the country that support homeless veterans by finding them emergency, temporary and permanent affordable housing. Each $10,000 donation will help serve those who have bravely served our country.

“This donation furthers the mission of the Homes for Heroes Foundation: supporting heroes facing a housing crisis or in need of urgent financial assistance,” says Lisa Welsh, Director of the Homes for Heroes Foundation. “We are proud to support these organizations who are helping heroes when they need it most.”

The five organizations are all members of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans and will use the gift to help heroes directly. The organizations include:

  • Veterans Transition Center in Marina, CA
  • Changing Homelessness in Jacksonville, FL
  • Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans in Minneapolis, MN
  • American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program in San Antonio, TX
  • Compass Housing Alliance in Seattle, WA

“Our goal at Homes for Heroes, Inc. and the Homes for Heroes Foundation is the same — to support our local heroes, from our firefighters and law enforcement to our military members, healthcare and EMS professionals, and teachers,” says Ruth Johnson, CEO and Founder of Homes for Heroes®. “Whether Homes for Heroes helps them save money on their home or the Foundation supports organizations that provide those in need with a helping hand, it’s all part of our Circle of Giving.”

About Homes for Heroes:
Homes for Heroes, Inc. is the largest nationwide network of affiliate real estate, mortgage and local business specialists committed to providing easy ways for heroes to save on a home. Shortly after 9/11, Homes for Heroes, Inc. was established to give back to firefighters, EMS, law enforcement, military (active, reserves & veterans), healthcare professionals and teachers for all they do. Since 2009, Homes for Heroes, Inc. has helped over 27,000 heroes save over $44 million on their real estate transactions and donated over $632,000 to heroes in need through the Homes for Heroes Foundation. Learn more at HomesForHeroes.com.

Homes for Heroes:
Lisa Welsh
(866) 974-4376
support@homesforheroesfoundation.org

American GI Forum:
Carlos Martinez
(210) 223-4088
cmartinez@agif-nvop.org

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American GI Forum & Cricket Wireless Surprise Veteran Moms For Mother’s Day! https://www.agif-nvop.org/american-gi-forum-cricket-wireless-surprise-veteran-moms-for-mothers-day/ https://www.agif-nvop.org/american-gi-forum-cricket-wireless-surprise-veteran-moms-for-mothers-day/#respond Mon, 13 May 2019 19:42:24 +0000 http://www.agif-nvop.org/?p=1990 Melissa, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and hard-working mom of two, was surprised with unsuspecting Mother’s Day gifts for her and her family on Friday, May 10 in San Antonio, Texas courtesy of the American GI Forum and Cricket Cares! We are blown away by the generosity of Cricket Wireless and their support […]

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Melissa, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and hard-working mom of two, was surprised with unsuspecting Mother’s Day gifts for her and her family on Friday, May 10 in San Antonio, Texas courtesy of the American GI Forum and Cricket Cares! We are blown away by the generosity of Cricket Wireless and their support of our women veteran clients.Veteran Moms

Not only did Cricket Wireless bring Mother’s Day joy to our client in San Antonio but they also surprised U.S. Army veteran Cordonna in El Paso. Cordonna thought she was getting a visit from her American GI Forum Case Manager but what really happened was much more special. Cordonna received help with six months of her car payments, spa treatments, and items on her children’s wish list. On behalf of the veterans and families we serve every day, thank you Cricket Wireless for making this Mother’s Day one that our clients will never forget!

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Homeless Census Finds More Families in San Antonio Lack Permanent Housing https://www.agif-nvop.org/homeless-census-finds-more-families-in-san-antonio-lack-permanent-housing/ https://www.agif-nvop.org/homeless-census-finds-more-families-in-san-antonio-lack-permanent-housing/#respond Mon, 06 May 2019 19:46:58 +0000 http://www.agif-nvop.org/?p=1994 By Rivard Report The homeless population in Bexar County decreased by 6 percent over the last year, according to a report released last week by the San Antonio Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH). An annual count of homeless people who are living either on the city’s streets or in shelters occurred on Jan. 24 […]

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The homeless population in Bexar County decreased by 6 percent over the last year, according to a report released last week by the San Antonio Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH).

An annual count of homeless people who are living either on the city’s streets or in shelters occurred on Jan. 24 and included more than 400 volunteers, who collected demographic data to gain insight into reasons people are homeless. The numbers compiled during 2019 Point in Time count help provide a baseline for cities and organizations to obtain grant funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to combat homelessness.

In 2019, 2,892 were counted as homeless, including 523 children. The previous year, the count showed more than 3,000 people were homeless in Bexar County, 500 of whom were children.
While the overall number of homeless decreased, the number of homeless families increased 18 percent to 274 families, up from 232 in 2008.

“Through PIT count results and collaboration with partner organizations, we found that domestic violence and a lack of affordable housing options are contributing to the increase in the number of homeless families, said SARAH Director Brenda Mascorro. “Because of this, families will be our major population focus in 2019.”

SARAH is the local homeless authority that works to create data and secure federal and nonprofit funding to help organizations who work with the homeless, including Haven for Hope, the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter, and SAMM Ministries.

Mascorro said SARAH created a work group that will focus on rehousing families and will be hiring a full-time employee to begin analyzing domestic violence data in San Antonio and determine what interventions will be most successful.

While local families appeared to be struggling to maintain permanent housing, fewer veterans lacked housing, according to the report. San Antonio and Bexar County saw a 6 percent reduction in the number of homeless veterans.

Mascorro said the improvement was due in part to a $2 million gift to SARAH from USAA to help fund housing programs for homeless veterans in the community.

“When we sit down and get into the data [from the PIT count and partnering organizations], we see where we need to increase our outreach and improve our coordination among service providers,” she said. “The improvement for veterans highlights what we are able to do” with funding targeted to specific homeless populations.

Improved coordination among providers was behind the 28 percent reduction in the number of chronically homeless individuals, defined as having experienced at least one year of homelessness, Mascorro said.

“It really takes a community and so there’s a lot of different systems that interact with our nonprofits,” said Katie Vela, SARAH continuum of care director. “That could be mental health services, hospitals, jails.”

Local shelters worked together to house 759 people experiencing homelessness in 2018, according to the report, and of those housed, 98 percent maintained stable housing for at least a year.

“We work not only to house people, but we also work to address those issues that affect homelessness in order to reduce the likelihood it will happen again,” which can include drug abuse, trauma, and poverty, Mascorro said. “The city really stepped up [its collaboration efforts] this year, and we are seeing that in these numbers. But there is a lot more we still need to do.”

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Veteran Food Pantry

Providing nutritious food items to veterans facing homelessness is key to their recovery and long-term well-being. When veterans walk through our doors, we provide housing, employment, and other supportive services but food is always the first step in the recovery process.

While the American GI Forum receives support from community agencies such as the San Antonio Food Bank, having an on-site pantry where veterans and families can select from a range of items will greatly enhance their success in both employment and housing. See below for a list of needed food items and make a donation to the American GI Forum’s Veteran Service Center, 611 N. Flores, San Antonio, Texas 78205, Monday through Friday, 9AM – 5PM.

WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP:

  • With access to free & nutritious food, veterans and their families are able to focus on achieving housing and employment without the distraction of hunger
  • More than 50% of American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program’s clients report that they are experiencing food insecurity at the time of their intake and assessment
  • Providing nutritious meals to veterans facing homelessness is key to their recovery and long-term well-being/self-sufficiency

WHAT YOU CAN DONATE:

  • Canned Tuna (easy open/pop-open cans)
  • Applesauce
  • Granola/cereal bars
  • Bottled water
  • Boxed drinks and juices
  • Cheese or peanut butter crackers
  • Plastic spoons
  • Ziploc bags to package items

THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY PARTNERS WHO HAVE HELPED FILL OUR VETERAN FOOD PANTRY!

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