Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness

Office

Address
106 S. St. Mary's, 7th Floor
San Antonio, TX 78205

Phone
210.207.8198

Fax
210.207.4254

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Staff

  • Melody Woosley
    Director
  • Edward Gonzales
    Assistant Director
  • Jessica Dovalina
    Assistant Director
Mayor's Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness

“City of San Antonio Announces $2.1 Million Pledge from USAA to Fight Veteran Homelessness”

Make a Referral

Please contact the following agencies to make a referral for a homeless veteran, the points of contact are below and agencies are ready to accept calls

City of San Antonio's Department of Human Services
Marc Wonder
210.207.2837

American GI Forum - NVOP
Gerald Thayer
210.354.4892

Family Endeavors
Andy Guerra
210. 431-6466, ext. 156

South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH)
Bill Hubbard
210.220.2382

Press Release

Read the full press release.

Implementation Plan

Goals
  • By December 2015, 50 currently identified homeless veterans will live in permanent housing with supportive services 
  • By December 2015, 150 currently homeless veterans in emergency/transitional facilities will live in permanent housing with supportive services 
  • By September 2015, a system is in place to prevent at-risk veterans from becoming homeless or quickly re-house them
Key Strategies
  • Establish a working group to achieve system integration and identify/prioritize homeless veterans 
  • Re-align community homeless system to focus resources on the most vulnerable and reprioritize permanent housing resources to those most in need versus the next in line 
  • Implement Navigator Peer Support Program to help homeless veterans navigate housing, and services and expand to the general chronic homeless population in 2016. 
  • Establish community structure focused on increasing permanent supportive & affordable housing
City Role
  • Convene stakeholders to coordinate resources for the greatest impact and scale 
  • Track data, report progress, and communicate achievement of milestones 
  • Identify and coordinate appropriate COSA resources

January 2015 - April 2015

  • Develop placement goals & monthly reporting structure – January 2015, COMPLETED 
  • Convene workgroup (biweekly) and begin using common assessment tool – February 2015, COMPLETED 
  • Coordinate with VA, SAHA, BCHA to set aside housing vouchers for homeless veterans – IN PROGRESS 
  • Redirect existing and identify potential new funding options to implement Navigator program and other identified gaps in resources– IN PROGRESS 
  • Identify new and non-traditional partners to expand supportive services system: employment, mental health, substance abuse, etc. – IN PROGRESS 
  • Work with landlords & apartment associations to identify appropriate housing inventory

May 2015 - August 2015

  • Work with Joint Base SA and Military and Veteran Community Council to establish veteran homeless prevention/rapid re-housing system 
  • Update Quality of Life Committee (DHS) and propose potential options to redirect grant & general funds to support Navigator Program – May 2015 
  • In coordination with District 8, hold stakeholder symposium on affordable housing development, housing first, and coordinated access & service delivery - May 2015 
  • Work with DPCD and SA Area Foundation to identify appropriate community advisory council structure & strategies to accelerate development of permanent supportive and affordable housing units

September 2015 - December 2015

  • Convene permanent and affordable housing advisory council and set goals 
  • Coordinate with SARAH providers to submit SHP Grant application to HUD with increased permanent supportive housing and housing first projects 
  • Develop 2016 plan to permanently house 50-100 remaining vets currently living in transitional housing