News article: California program aims to end veteran homelessness

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 12 percent of the homeless individuals in America are veterans. In April, President Obama called on American cities to work together to End Veteran Homelessness. The city of Long Beach, California, stepped up to this request wholeheartedly.


“I accepted President Obama’s challenge because every veteran deserves a home and support from their community,” Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia told Press-Telegram. “We have stepped up our outreach efforts and coordination with our federal and local partners and am confident that we will reach functional zero in the next couple months.”


Long Beach hopes to reach functional zero when it comes to veteran homelessness by the end of the year. This means all veterans will have access to the resources they need and will be able to find interim housing.


According to the Press-Telegram, the city government partnered with companies like American Family Housing to increase the number of veteran transitional housing units and raise awareness on resource availability.


The Department of Health and Human Services will continue to monitor the number of homeless veterans and adjust the plan as needed until the goal is reached.

To Get Help

If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, or are in immediate danger, please dial 911.

If you are fleeing or considering fleeing a domestic violence situation please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1(800)799-7233 or TTY 1(800)787-3224.

If you have no place to sleep tonight, please call 211 for referral to an emergency shelter nearest your current location.

If you are looking for housing, please contact 211 for referral to an agency that can refer you to housing opportunities based on your income and needs.  While AFH provides both Transitional Housing and Housing units for rent, enrollment in these programs is routed through the coordinated entry system by dialing 211. This applies to our properties both in Orange County and Los Angeles County.

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