By Andrew Bowen
San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced his “Housing Our Heroes” program during his State of the City address in January 2016 to much fanfare.
“Our goal is simple,” he said. “This year, we will get 1,000 homeless veterans off the streets.”
A month and a half later, on March 1, 2016, the City Council authorized $12.5 million to pay for the program. The mayor’s office considered this the official start date, making March 1, 2017 its deadline for securing housing for 1,000 homeless veterans.
That deadline passed quietly this week, and the program is still far short of its goal: 554 veterans have secured housing through the program. An additional 311 veterans have received a housing voucher, but have not yet found an apartment that the voucher can pay for.
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