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In San Diego, more than 2,000 homeless on the streets are veterans. Given increasing demands for services, including more services for women veterans returning from Middle East, Veterans Village of San Diego continues to expand their efforts to help those in need. The VVSD's "Stand Down" program was featured on 60 Minutes but that's not all the services that VVSD provides.
"We continue to build a state-of-the-art facility that will triple our capacity," said Phil Landis, CEO, in a recent letter. Phase I of this facility provided 112 early treatment beds, a new mental health and substance abuse counseling center, and a new kitchen and dining hall in 2006. Phase II in 2009 added another 112 beds and a new Veterans Employment Center and medical clinic. The new completed Phase III added 16 three-bedroom apartments for transitional housing for program graduates.
Currently, VVSD is building a new center to address the unique needs of post 9/11 veterans.
"Since 1981, we have provided new life and new hope to thousands of men and women who have honorably served in the armed forces," said Landis. "We show them that they can live as citizens paying their fair share, rather than asking for handouts on the street."
GreaterGood.org supports VVSD and their programs to provide food and housing to the homeless through the Gifts That Give More and other programs at The Veterans Site.