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Mayor Faulconer Meets with HUD Secretary Castro on Solving Veteran Homelessness

Mayor Pushes for San Diego to Get Its Fair Share in Federal Homeless Dollars

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego, CA – With the goal of ending homelessness among veterans and creating more opportunities for San Diegans to succeed, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today joined U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Congressman Scott Peters on a tour of the 100-year-old Hotel Churchill, which is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen as housing for veterans and at-risk youth.

Mayor Faulconer discussed with Secretary Castro the federal funding formula for homeless services, which hasn’t changed since the 1970s. The result is that San Diego is ranked 19th in federal homeless funding received despite having the fifth-largest homeless population.

In addition, Mayor Faulconer addressed the need for increased funding in San Diego for Veteran Assisted Supportive Housing, a program that provides housing vouchers for homeless veterans.

Hotel Churchill is being renovated into 72 special-purpose housing units for veterans and youth exiting the foster system.

CONTACT: Craig Gustafson at (619) 453-9880 or cgustafson@sandiego.gov

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