Did you know that Santa Clara County has among the highest rate of unsheltered homeless veterans in the country? According to the last census, our county has 703 homeless veterans. We have programs that can help, but we need landlords to rent to veterans.
The “All the Way Home” campaign aims to end veteran homelessness by the 100th Anniversary of Veterans Day in 2018. The City of San Jose, the County of Santa Clara, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Clara and Destination: Home are collaborating to address this community crisis. We are partnering with our community’s consortium of service providers including Veteran’s Voices of Santa Clara County, Abode Services, HomeFirst Services of Santa Clara County, Goodwill Silicon Valley, Sunnyvale Community Services, Veteran’s Resource Centers of America and others to ensure more housing resources are available for homeless veterans.
The Campaign is inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2015 Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, in partnership with the Veteran’s Administration and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The campaign will work with landlords and apartment owners to access to rental units (see: Landlord Incentives Flyer) for homeless veterans and their families. Outreach will also be made to corporations and faith based groups to aid with land acquisition, housing development, access to rental units, financial assistance and services.