Several cities have recently announced they’ve put an effective end to veteran homelessness in keeping with federal goals set by the Obama administration.
San Diego didn’t meet the challenge.
“Right now we’re leaving too much money on the table and too many veterans on the street to continue in the way that we have been,” said City Councilman Todd Gloria, who leads the regional group that coordinates efforts and funding for programs meant to fight homelessness.
Over the past four years, San Diego saw just a 16 percent decline in veteran homelessness according to regional data reported annually to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Metros such as Phoenix, Houston, New York City and Las Vegas reported drops of at least 40 percent each during the same period.
Leaders in three of those regions have hailed even more dramatic progress in recent months. San Diego officials, meanwhile, say they can’t be certain they’ve seen any further decline in the homeless veteran population until after an annual count that’ll take place later this month.
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To further compound the conditions I've endured ... even when I indicated the financial & other issues (injuries, theft, & other evidence of egregious injustice) imposing disparity, austerity, malnourishment, & hunger but instead of ensuring the programs created for such support & subsistence would provide the means I deserve for self reliance, the present primary treatment person & the social work personnel promoted the use of food banks, charity, & other such unreliable sources not associated or affiliated with them so they could once again avoid responsibility & 'pass the buck' into their own coffers & pockets.
These conditions further exacerbate fraud, abuse, theft, violations, negligence, & crimes characterizing the corruption of this facility & others in the San Diego, CA area that have enjoyed injuring, exploiting, torturing, & terrorizing me but evade accountability (Dudley Ward #6704, Sarah Calvert #6713, James Weaver #6104, & others involved with injuring & nearly killing me then persecuting me with fraud, fabrication, perjury, abuses, violations, …). Beside not reporting or exposing evidence (suppressed by systemic corruption & conspiracy) the assault & battery, electrocution causing respiratory & cardiac arrest along with other crimes perpetrated by the mentioned terrorists or motor vehicle negligence by a negligent idiot that ran me over while I was bicycling but was also indulged while I was exploited & neglected. I’ve endured life-altering injuries as the kleptocracies allowed & indulged a negligent idiot & three terrorists to evade accountability while I was tortured & persecuted.
The abhorrent absence of timely & appropriate
treatment has contributed further harm & exacerbated neuro-vascular issues,
deterioration, deformity, degeneration, excruciating pain, … but this is among
other health conditions that are not getting diagnosed much less appropriate
treatment as the neglect includes trauma inflicted upon both shoulders, neck,
spine, ribs, head, hips, organs & other internal areas along with infection
The problem is obvious because there is fraud & exploitation involved with the kleptocracies administering these housing & subsistence programs that deliberately perpetrate violations for their own self-interests (so the unused funds default into their own coffers & pockets). As usual, I had another terrible experience at the VASD La Jolla with the VASH-HUD program personnel that belong with the Social Services section. This group in the Social Services department has been irresponsible, fraud-ridden, & abusive yet nobody has been involved to further investigate or resolve the issues … further systemic corruption characterizing San Diego, CA. The on-site police department won't investigate any crimes so once again the only recourse was submitting another report of fraud, negligence, abuse, & violations to Patient Advocacy; they have never been active to resolve any prior issues & accountability has never been imposed as this facility further deteriorates while the misleading propaganda obscures the truth. Here is the complaint submitted to the VASD Patient Advocates.
This is the same group, with the primary physician & orthopedic department, that neglected their responsibilities when a long overdue surgical procedure on my left shoulder (not confident that they knew what to do since nothing was explained about the procedures while my faith in this facility has been depleted from prior disappointments, fraud, abuse, & negligence) was arranged, yet they would not provide aid & assistance, short-term nursing, or transportation. This facility is as incompetent as it is corrupt & cheap both financially (when it comes to my health needs) & ethically). Soon as the surgery date was arranged, I informed & for months had to continuously remind those supposedly involved that I was single as the records indicated ever since I retired from the USN. Yet they would not make the arrangements for transportation, would not arrange for an inpatient stay (however brief the requirement for appropriate monitoring) & told me that should ask other people to get involved else they would cancel the surgery. For months they ignored the matter & refused to accept any responsibility or make arrangements as I was treated like roadkill yet again while their attitude toward treatment was characterized as ‘fast-food medicine’; whatever they wanted to do upon me was unknown both with procedure & effectiveness, then they could drop me off at the curb still under sedation with sutures along with anything else while the risk was pushed onto somebody else that had no business getting involved much less would know about addressing any complications or other unforeseen but possible circumstances. Much to my great disappointment, no sooner than two weeks away from the date, the orthopedic department surgery-scheduling nurse did cancel the procedure but then I found that they further evaded responsibility & accountability by perpetrating fraud when they indicated that I supposedly canceled & was a no-show. Even though I was indicating the problems to all involved, from Patient Advocacy & a social worker at the Naval Medical Center, immediately expressing my disappointment & criticizing the lack of support & failures of upholding their responsibilities when the nurse indicated they would not be able to provide the surgery.
This is another incident with fraud, abuse, theft,
violations, negligence, & crimes characterizing the corruption of this
facility & others in the San Diego, CA area that have enjoyed injuring,
exploiting, torturing, & terrorizing me but evade accountability. Beside
not reporting the assault & battery or motor vehicle negligence by those
that caused the injuries I’ve endured & allowing the terrorists to evade
accountability while I was persecuted, the abhorrent absence of timely &
appropriate treatment has contributed further harm & exacerbated
neuro-vascular issues, deterioration, deformity, degeneration, excruciating
pain, … but this is among other health conditions that are not getting
diagnosed much less appropriate treatment as the neglect includes trauma
inflicted upon both shoulders, neck, spine, ribs, head, hips, organs &
other internal areas along with infection & illnesses.
Nobody has ever reached out considering the injuries, injustice, & financial disparities I've endured from shelter, education, medical treatment for injuries, support & protection from injuries, injustice, theft, torture, terrorism, ... it has been exploitation, negligence, & corruption worse than anyplace on Earth.
Just to add another layer on the type of cake I've been served since honorable USN retirement, I recently visited the San Diego Housing Commission office this past Friday, 20160212 @ 1500 where I was blown off for over an hour with no assistance or consideration. I am qualified for subsidies; I brought the required information, references, & credentials but they could not have shown me out the door any faster. I was merely provided wasteful documents that duplicated the online information.
Then I spoke with a supposed ombudsman, whom I indicated the lack of assistance along with knowledge about the exorbitant funds for veteran programs that the SDHC & others are promoting (they were actually on their meeting agenda held that very day) but she had no answers or assistance despite the office still operating through 1800 that day.
There are several programs promoted by the propaganda ironically titled Homeless Veterans Initiative of Housing First & Housing Our Heroes Campaign but some honor, it's all insincerity & hypocrisy along with more corruption & fraud from more San Diego kleptocracy getting indulged while I'm exploited & neglected. Not the only time I've been considered negligible as roadkill.
This type of treatment & worse has happened for years since I've transitioned from honorable USN retirement & conditions have only deteriorated. I should have been supported over a decade ago but nearly every supposed benefit & entitlement that I earned has been an absolute failure if ever provided while I endure poverty, disparity, injury, & injustice.
The pithy retirement pension remains meager & has not kept pace with any suitable cost of living measure while others that have never served get indulged & serve their own self-interests, the institutions emplaced that supposedly ensure the funds for programs for my consideration are not distributed but they hoard, misappropriate, & keep the exorbitant indulgences without oversight & accountability. It is a repulsive & disgusting situation that should have been prevented but has exacerbated without due recognition & without resolution. Even when I indicated the financial & other issues (injuries, theft, & other evidence of egregious injustice) imposing disparity, austerity, malnourishment, & hunger but instead of ensuring the programs created for such support & subsistence would provide the means I deserve for self reliance, the present primary treatment person & the social work personnel at the VASD promoted the use of food banks, charity, & other such unreliable sources not associated or affiliated with them so they could once again avoid responsibility & 'pass the buck' into their own coffers & pockets.
The misleading propaganda fails exposing the chiselers, shysters, shills, & welchers that have been complicit in much corruption especially exploiting & neglecting this retiree along with other veterans deserving much better but such unethical & immoral conduct exemplify the character of San Diego, CA.
Why isn't VVSD included in this article? They are San Diego's award winning veterans program yet the staff writer omits them?
Last year Mayor Faulconer and Council Member Todd Gloria outlawed the Veterans Tent on Midway that was run by Veterans Village (VVSD) first in winter only. Then Year-Round starting in 2013. @Chris Megison
VVSD does not have money to fund the 150-bed Veterans Tents this El Nino Winter itself, so the Veterans Tent is closed down forever.
150 Veterans Beds in Tent x 365 days a year = -54,750 Veterans Bed Nights lost due to a lack of Leadership.
The good new is all our Strong Mayor Faulconer has to do to resolve this issue is understand the easy solution of following the lead of the City of San Jose.
Funding would come from the $51 million in hoarded Cash from Civic San Diego's Low Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund (LMIHAF) Affordable Housing Master Plan (AHMP).
Or the $3.8 million in HUD OIG Audit Debt into new CDBG Program Income identified in ROPS-9 this year, with no plans to spend the Cash immediately.
No doubt , this is the number one issue in our community. Not only Veterans, but all those sleeping on our streets. The challenges remain surmountable, but we as a community are tentative in our solutions. We don't want urban campers. We don't want "Tiny Houses" . We do want quality programs which provide on going assistance, and it isn't cheap. But I believe San Diegans will step up, as they do when called upon, to contribute to a comprehensive homeless program , which weaves together charities, government housing, medi-Cal/ medicare and the mental health system.
If we do not tackle this, not only are we acting in an immoral fashion, but the visitor to San Diego will report back home that we live in a dump in which we allow the homeless to wander and camp anywhere at anytime. When the tourists stop coming, I bet something major will finally happen.
Today, January 11, 2016. 2 pm. Item 201 Civic San Diego's Low Moderate Income Housing Asset Fund (LMIHAF) Affordable Housing Master Plan (AHMP) documents $51 million Cash hoarded by the City Council until a future FY-2017 to FY-2018 NOFA.
The numbers in Civic San Diego LMIHAF AHMP do not match the numbers in the City of San Diego's FY-2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFR). This is troubling.
Note that the last update to this Special Revenue Fund was in May 2013.
At any time, the City Council can approve using all $50+ million Cash to end Homelessness. There is enough money, but no Political Leadership to solve our Homeless problem. Too bad.
In contrast, the City of San Jose is opening up public Libraries and Community Centers for the Homeless. Plus allow Churches and Non-Profit to house the Homeless during Inclement Weather without the need for Conditional Use Permit (CUP) Modifications.
Plus the City of San Jose is allowing Tiny Homes and Camping Cabins less than 400 square feet for the Homeless on City Property without the need for CEQA. Allowing Public Buildings, Shelter, and Churches to open to care for the poor.
Just today, Assembly Member Brian Maeinschein is putting forth Assembly Bill AB-1500 Priority Housing Projects Exemption from CEQA to the Assembly on Natural Resources hearing. AB-1500 will get rid of Discretionary CEQA Review for Homeless Emergency Shelters, Housing First, Supportive Housing, and Transitional Housing requirements Statewide. Great news.
It looks like, once again, Mayor Faulconer is showing us his fabulous leadership skills. He needs to prioritize this now and not keep pushing it off on others.
Thanks again to Todd Gloria's feckless leadership, homeless veterans are in worse shape this year than last. Todd Gloria has been a complete failure as a District Councilperson; anyone that is thinking about voting for him for any position of responsibility needs to have their head examined.
@Richard Gardiol Even when he was congresswoman Susan Davis' veterans assistant there was no appropriate involvement when I was injured but fraud, abuses, violations, negligence, & other crimes ensued ... the corruption has exacerbated & festered like cancer.