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tv   [untitled]    July 19, 2012 4:00am-4:30am PDT

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the 100 days program as part of a larger national effort called 100,000 homes in which hud and the u.s. interagency council on homelessness are working with local communities around the country in a bold initiative to end chronic homelessness for the most abominable on our streets. this national effort was launched -- the most vulnerable on our streets. this national effort was launched. team is made of of local leaders, housing authorities, hud, the nonprofits that work together to set ambitious 100- day goals. most of the goals were set to deliver the vouchers while improving the targeting of those vouchers. each of the community teams left to there workshop with 100 day- goals and plans. the goals were trained around
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real result. based on the specific number of homeless veterans in 100 days or the timing for contact and placement and housing. hide it is proud to partner with the va and the city -- hud is proud to partner with the va and the city of san francisco. to clarify how hard the works, hud was cleared to fund an additional 200 housing vouchers. the va identifies a homeless veteran, prefers them to the housing authority and provides them with case management services. these are all important elements of the program. hud is the federal agency that convenes the san francisco bureaus and guides the initiative. i want to make sure i acknowledge mark ruiz as the
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team lead for the home initiative here. also george, in the back of the broom, and toed cabrreras, whose work has been a central. we're working to find homes for chronically-homeless veterans who have a hud voucher. specifically the goal is to find housing for 50 veterans and 100 days. to accomplish this, we need owners and lamb motor -- and landlords to join our efforts. we know we have a long way to go before we can call this effort a success. it requires sustained engagement by the community. as for the housing choice voucher program, also called section 8, rent paid to
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landlords is comparable to rent received on the open market. i wanted knowledge the heavy lifting in the homes for heroes program is being done by the va case workers and the staff at the san francisco housing authority. the administration has made a commitment to in veteran homelessness by 2015. we'd look forward to working with local communities to achieve that goal. i would like to thank community partners for that dedication to continue making homes for heroes of best practice to eliminate homelessness for veterans. our veterans deserve nothing less. to 100 days has already begun. there is only 70 days to go. thank you very much. [applause] >> next, we will hear from jake
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martin from the veterans administration. these are not just numbers on the page. dba has been essential -- the va has been essential. >> i am take martin and the work for the va. i have been there for about 20 years. i am homeless center director. i am joined by our chief of social work. we've seen many, many homeless veterans come to my clinic down at third and harrison. in 2008, we received 35 vouchers. i had over 300 veterans expressed interest. we interviewed every single one of those veterans to make sure that we were housing the most eligible, the most chronically homeless veteran. it was a daunting and lengthy process. i see one of my case managers in front of me who was instrumental
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in getting that done. every morning when i come into our clinic, what i see is men and women who served in the armed forces who, and myself as a veteran, who worked on the plane that i flew in the middle east. who helped pack my parachute. who did all the things necessary to make sure that mission i had was achieved. that is to i see every morning when i walked out there and see the homeless men and women in the clinic, or when i walk and two out reached in golden gate park -- outreach in golden gate park or go out to eureka, which is in my area and i see men and women camping, traumatized by what they witnessed during wartime. thankfully we have a president who has really stood behind us and our secretary shinseki who
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has made it a lofty goal to make sure we end homelessness for veterans by 2015. i am so thankful we have a city team, who everybody has been talking about keeping our collaboration with hud has been outstanding and incredible and the pha has been remarkable about the things they have been able to do and finish. bevin dufty, thank you very much for taking this from the san francisco boot camp and making sure this happens. to our landlords, thank you very much. it is so important to have those landlords, and we could use more. and have so many homeless veterans to come to this city. it is very important to make sure they are housed. our shelter system. i can say enough about that, joyce. they are the first line in
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defense in getting those veterans of the street and getting them housed. our community partners. i have been working with them for 20 years. for me coming it is so important to have that community partnership. they have been so instrumental in getting them housed. clothes, jobs, training. it has been an incredible thing to have this city team working together and collaborating to end homelessness. and we will do it. so, thank you very much. i appreciate it. [applause] >> jake used the word remarkable to describe the san francisco housing authority. i will introducehenry alvarez from the san francisco housing
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authority. >> i am the son of a veteran as well. bevin told me to think about this in ways we have never thought about it before. our goal is to get better rents and housing as quickly as we possibly can and be as innovative as we possibly can. i just want to thank our staff, here with us today. [applause] mr. mayor, we will do everything in our power. we will move that line as quickly as we can. thank you it very much. >> next, the mayor spoke about exceptional listen. i want to welcome the leader of an exceptional organization in san francisco. [applause] >> thank you so much. this room is pretty amazing. we have all the players here in the room. and the interest the media has. a lot of this is reflected in the public perception that we
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cannot let what happened to vietnam veterans happened to the newest generation of that's, right? we cannot have the term " homeless veterans." we have a this much interest. the public is saying we have got to do something. we cannot have business as usual. there is a sense of urgency. every day, someone on the street supper's. we can have that. there are 50 -- there are more than 50 veterans. whoever calls san francisco unpatriotic doesn't know the meaning of the word. thank you. [applause] >> and now, we will have the opportunity to hear from all landlord. i would like to welcome judy wu. judy? [applause] >> my name is judy, and i am
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currently housing six veterans. they are great attendance. they pay on time. nice and clean and no complaints. i think the program is great. i am really thankful. thank you. [applause] >> as we said, we have veterans that are here. we have federal and local partners here. we will allow the press to talk to us individually. thank you for being here, and we will make ourselves available. thank you so much. [applause]
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