Target: Gene Gibson, Spokeswoman of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Shaun Donovan, Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs
Goal: Commend voucher program that helps veterans pay for housing
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding will be released and be made available for the veterans of San Francisco to use toward housing. This voucher program is part of the Obama administration’s $60 million nationwide program to end veteran homelessness by 2015. Please applaud the securement of these funds and its purpose to enable every veteran to afford housing.
The $875,000 in funding will be distributed as 70 vouchers, which can be applied to any type of housing and caps a veteran’s contribution toward rent at 30 percent of his or her income. This is a much-needed program in a city like San Francisco, where the housing inventory is low and rents are high. Veterans find it hard to compete for housing with the city’s well-paid tech workforce. Swords to Plowshares is a nonprofit that provides housing and other support services, and it estimates that there are approximately 3,000 homeless veterans in San Francisco.
Spokeswoman for the regional office of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Gene Gibson says, “If we want to go out and fight these wars, you have to fund the services that follow. You can’t have it both ways.” Please voice your support of this program and its effort to eradicate veteran homelessness.
Dear Spokeswoman Gene Gibson of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary Shaun Donovan of the Department of Veteran Affairs,
Thanks to your departments’ voucher program, 70 veterans will be able to afford housing in San Francisco. With an estimated 3,000 homeless veterans in the city, this program will hopefully be the initial step in reducing that number. I agree with the Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan’s statement that the men and women who have served in the armed forces should never come back to a life of homelessness. Please continue your work to ensure that every veteran can pay for housing.
Stemming from the Obama administration’s $60 million nationwide push to end homelessness by 2015, this $875,000 funding will hopefully reduce the percentage of homeless veterans even further. The most recent estimate indicates that homelessness among veterans has already decreased by 7.2 percent between 2011 and 2012 because of the Obama administration’s efforts. However, there are still 60,000 veterans living on the streets across the country on any given night, according to the same estimate.
This voucher program is a great addition to the veteran services already operating in San Francisco, like nonprofit Swords to Plowshares’ housing development, Veterans Commons, which serves 75 veterans. With the hopeful success of this voucher program, I look forward to an expansion of more housing and support services for the veterans of this nation.
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