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Report: Up to 2,000 Homeless Veterans in San Diego County

The study was conducted by the National University System Institute for Policy Research.

Between 1,700 and 2,000 veterans are either living on the streets or in temporary shelters in San Diego County on any given night, according to a study released Wednesday.

The finding is consistent with past studies on the subject, according to the San Diego-based National University System Institute for Policy Research, which conducted the new study.

"San Diego is home to one of the largest veterans populations in the country," said Institute President Erik Bruvold in a statement. "Our report will hopefully increase awareness that we need to do more to find housing for these heroes and that too many are falling through the cracks."

The study also found that by 2020, there will be 16,000 post-Sept. 11 veterans being discharged from the military and making their homes in San Diego County.

-City News Service

Julie Pendray February 15, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Here's an interview I did with 2 homeless vets last year at Stand Down. One is off the streets now, the other—to the best of my knowledge—is back on the streets. http://patch.com/A-kvJD
Julie Pendray February 15, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Here's the Patch coverage of Stand Down last year, featuring video interviews and photos of volunteers and the former military there to get help at San Diego High School one weekend. http://ramona.patch.com/articles/weekend-of-hope-for-homeless-former-military#photo-7055389

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