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Riverside County Extends Program Benefiting Homeless Veterans

"We started this program with the goal of putting a roof over the heads of homeless veterans," said Supervisor Jeff Stone. "It's shameful that the federal government would allow anyone who has served this country to remain homeless."

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Riverside County supervisors this week authorized a one- year extension of a program aimed at helping homeless military veterans get off the streets and land a job -- or at least in a position to take advantage of other resources that may improve their lives.

"We started this program with the goal of putting a roof over the heads of homeless veterans," said Supervisor Jeff Stone, who introduced the Veterans Assistance Leadership of Riverside County program in March 2013, when the county identified upward of 300 homeless military veterans.

"We recently did a point-in-time census and found another 290 vets on the streets," Stone said. "Supervisor (John) Tavaglione and I want to extend the VALOR program with the hope that in the next 100 days, we can duplicate what we did last year and get a roof over these veterans' heads and get them the services they should have. It's shameful that the federal government would allow anyone who has served this country to remain homeless."

VALOR had been slated to sunset at the end of this month. The initiative has led to the expansion of existing county programs and the addition of others intended to provide support for vets, in the form of job training and placement, drug rehabilitation and other efforts toward social normalization.

Under VALOR, a "no veterans left behind policy" was implemented using all available public and private resources. The county's Office of Veterans Services has been a key player, as has as the VALOR Committee, composed of various Executive Office managers who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Last year, the program enabled dozens of dispossessed vets to find temporary and long-term housing.


– City News Service.

SA March 27, 2014 at 08:18 PM
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Jeremiah March 28, 2014 at 06:51 AM
SA - :-)! I do not disagree with you - as I said before I have no love for Loonie Lefties or Rah-Rah Righties. I view both of them as the problem, and neither as a solution. **** Jeremiah
Jimmy Dean March 29, 2014 at 01:03 AM
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