OPERATION SLEEPING BAG
HOW WARM IS YOUR BED?
NEVER FORGET NEVER NEGLECT
No Veteran Should Be Without a Place to Call Home
Operation Sleeping Bag was started by the Welcome Home Soldier Foundation in June 2015 as we saw the need to provide a "Bed" to the Veteran in need which includes men and women. In a Country that helps so many other countries there is a lack of attention to the men and women of our Military who suffer from PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) among other medical issues. Without Our Veterans "we would NOT be living in this great Country" Why do we have Homeless Veterans? WHY?
As of October 2016 we have provided sleeping bags to Veterans in San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, Ventura and Kern Counties.
According to The U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs they are committed to ending homelessness among Veterans.
Conducting coordinated outreach to proactively seek out Veterans in need of assistance.
Connecting homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutions, health care, community employment services and other required supports.
Collaborating with federal, state and local agencies; employers; housing providers, faith-based and community nonprofits; and others to expand employment and affordable housing options for Veterans exiting homelessness.
HOMELESS VETERANS QUICK FACTS (Per U.S. Department Of Veteran Affairs)
While the number of homeless persons in the United States dropped by less than 3 percent between 2013 and 2014 according to the 2014 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) to Congress,Veteran homelessness has shown a more significant decline.
The 2014 AHAR, prepared by HUD, estimates there were 49,933 homeless Veterans on a single night in January 2014 in the United States, a 10 percent decline since 2013 and a 33 percent decline since 2010.
In fiscal years (FYs) 2014 and 2015, VA awarded a total of $507 million in grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to non-profit organizations to assist Veteran families that are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. With these grants, VA and its community partners will help approximately 185,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.
During fiscal year FY 2013, VA provided specialized services to nearly 260,000 Veterans who were homeless or at-risk of homelessness
In FY 2013, SSVF served 65,303 persons. Of 39,649 Veteran participants, 5,865 were women (15 percent of Veterans served)
Seventy-nine percent of homeless Veterans who were enrolled in the SSVF Program in FY 2013 were rapidly rehoused; 89 percent who enrolled while facing imminent homelessness were able to remain stably housed.
Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of becoming homeless can call or visit their local VA Medical Center or Community Resource and Referral Center where VA staff are ready to help.
Veterans and their families may also call 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838) to access VA services.
Explore va.gov/homeless to learn about VA programs for Veterans who are homeless and share that information with others.