You may have seen the ads from Rotary International as part of its “this close” campaign, which culminates a twenty five year effort to eradicate polio throughout the world.  This ambitious campaign and its success should inspire  anyone fighting to achieve seemingly impossible goals….such as ending homelessness.

Last Memorial Day we posted our own ambitious goal to end veteran homelessness in Glendale.   And we are “this close.”

Since last May, we received funding from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and Home for Good as well as housing resources from the City of Glendale and the VA to move homeless veterans from the streets to a safe, decent home.  This funding allows us to serve homeless and at risk veterans not only in Glendale, but from west Pasadena to the east San Fernando Valley.  Thus far we have moved ten veterans to permanent housing and three more are currently in process.  In Glendale specifically we will be moving a veteran to housing this week and another, chronically homeless veteran, is completing treatment for alcoholism  and will be moving to his new home this summer.

The first veteran we moved to housing following our proclamation was Ken, an 83 year old WWII veteran who had been homeless 13 years.  He gave an emotional speech to our 100k Homes Oversight committee earlier this year and continues to do well in his new home.  You can read our earlier post about Ken here.

We are not quite ready to declare that we have ended veteran homelessness in Glendale yet.  But we are truly “this close.”

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MEMORIAL DAY EVENTS

Sunday, May 27th, 1 pm – 4 pm:  Wellness Works 3rd Annual Veterans’ Memorial Program, “Stories of the Heart. 540 West Broadway, Glendale, CA 91204.

Monday, May 28th, 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.:  The City of Glendale and Chamber of Commerce Patriotism Committee  Memorial Day Commemoration, 613 East Broadway (Glendale City Hall).  Click here for more information.

2 Comments

  • There’s homeless veterans all over Glendale; all who have been denied housing from Ascencia.

  • August, it would be helpful if you could back up your statement with some specifics. We operate several different veteran housing programs. Please keep in mind that Ascencia does not set the eligibility criteria for these programs. The rules are send by the funders, in this case the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. One of them, Supportive Services for Veteran Families, is more restrictive and there is a wait for the less restrictive programs, such as VASH.

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