Happy Memorial Day

This past weekend we celebrated Memorial Day. On this day, we honor the memory of those brave men and women who gave everything for their country.

San Diego is no stranger when it comes to our veterans. One of America's largest military cities, this unfortunately means that it is also home to a large population of homeless veterans. What can we do to help?

1. Reach Out

If you know someone who is struggling, whether it's a family member, friend, or simply someone you've met in passing, reach out to us to see if we can help them. Even if we don't offer a specific service they need, it is our promise that we will walk side by side with them until we find a place for them to go, together.

2. Donate

Your generosity can make the biggest impact for our veterans struggling with housing and mental health needs. You can make a one-time or monthly donation by clicking here, or if you have a specific hero you want to honor during our 19th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament, click here. When you honor your hero, their name will be displayed on our Heroes Walk during the tournament on September 17 at Country Club Rancho Bernardo. Additionally, your hero will be recognized on our website and on Facebook.

3. Volunteer

We are an organization that relies on the time and talents of our wonderful volunteers. We always have opportunities for you to help make a difference in someone's life and transform their life from vulnerable to vibrant. Click here to register to volunteer now.

 

More information about Volunteers of America Southwest's Veterans Services:

Hawley Veterans Services Center

Hawley Veterans Services Center is a transitional housing program for homeless veterans with mental health diagnoses. This transitional housing program extends 20 beds to single male veterans who are homeless and are moving toward permanent housing. Veterans can reside in the program for approximately 90 days as they wait for their permanent housing opportunities to become available. Veterans receive intensive support to help them find housing. In collaboration with other VA services and agencies clients can also work towards increasing life skills and income for their successful transition to self-reliance, while in our program. Additionally, housing staff work closely with Veterans to help them secure affordable housing in San Diego. As is the case with all our programs, Veterans are offered ongoing support after the move to permanent housing. 

VOA Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) offers job readiness and job placement services to homeless Veterans. Our job placement staff work with veterans to complete pre-employment tasks, such as, resume writing, developing interview skills and securing professional clothing. 

HVRP staff work with employers in the community to create job opportunities for homeless Veterans. HVRP staff offers ongoing emotional support to the Veterans who procure employment. 

These programs are funded in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs and other public and private sources.

 

Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) is a housing assistance program that promotes housing stability among very low-income veterans and their families in San Diego county. The program helps veterans and veteran families obtain or maintain permanent housing by offering a large array of supportive services. These services include financial assistance, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits. 

SSFV services are available in many forms and are catered to the individual needs of each veteran or veteran family.

  • Housing counseling

  • Transportation services

  • Legal services

  • Health care services

  • Daily living services

  • Personal financial planning services

  • Intensive short term case management

  • Fiduciary and payee services

  • Temporary financial assistance

  • Child care services

To be eligible for the program you must meet all criteria below: 

  • Veteran discharge status must be under conditions other than dishonorable.

  • Household Income must be below 50% of the annual median income (AMI).

  • Housing Status must be homeless, chronically homeless, or at high risk for homelessness.