Homeless Veterans To Be Counted In Riverside County On Jan. 29

Results from the count will give county agencies current information to determine what services and housing resources are needed to end homelessness among veterans in Riverside County by 2015.

File photo
File photo

The following is a news release from the County of Riverside:

The County of Riverside is one of 16 cities/counties across the nation selected to do a point-in-time count of homeless veterans tomorrow (Jan. 29) in cities and communities throughout Riverside County.  Teams of volunteers from veterans’ groups, county and community-based organizations will be deployed from sites all over the county to begin canvassing at 6 a.m.

The County of Riverside Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) received $45,800 from the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs to focus on homeless veterans in a special “point-in-time” count that is part of the Obama Administration’s national priority to end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires cities and counties that receive funding for homeless programs to do a biennial point in time count of all homeless people.  The last point-in-time of the county’s homeless population was done last January. (Click here to read about the counts in Temecula.)

The Veterans’ point-in-time count is also part of a countywide task force created in May by the county’s Board of Supervisors.  The Veterans Assistance Leadership of Riverside County or VALOR was initiated to honor, support and assist veterans in the county with quality of life issues such as homelessness, healthcare, education and job training.

The primary deployment center for the veterans point-in-time count will be at U.S. VETS – Inland Empire (United States Veterans Initiative), a national nonprofit organization that provides transitional housing and supportive services to homeless and at-risk veterans at March Air Reserve Base. The address is 15105 6th St., MARB, 92518.

Results from the count will give VALOR and other county agencies current information to determine what services and housing resources are needed to end homelessness among veterans in Riverside County by 2015.  The homeless survey last January counted 285 homeless veterans.

For more information about the point-in-time count of homeless veterans, please go to: www.RiversideHomelessCounts.com

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Alek J Hidell January 28, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Face facts. Our voluntary military most often gets the people with mental problems that face homelessness or jail when they elect instead to join the service. It's sensible that once they leave the military they still have these mental issues that force them out of our society and into the bushes. It's not the rugged military service that tweaked their minds....they were defective to begin with.
Dog January 28, 2014 at 08:04 PM
If u wanna see something defective to begin with start with your facts...pretty sure your the mental defective Alek...
Alek J Hidell January 28, 2014 at 08:26 PM
OK then, let's say they were fine when they entered service. Look at the photo. Is he fine now? Rather than thanking him for his "service" we should curse the system that used him like an orange and threw away the peel.
Thetis Pressley January 29, 2014 at 09:27 AM
We are out here right now at the creek.
Thetis Pressley January 29, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Looking for vets, not living here...
ChrisG January 29, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Are they just counting or are they also asking them why they are choosing homelessness? There are many free services available to our Veterans if they need assistance. It may be they do not want help or they are not ready to re-engage in society. Keep warm brothers!
SA January 29, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Hidell … You must be insane … I am a vet and I still work with the VA helping vets with issues that our government ignores … Our government your lovely President cares more about illegals than vets…
TVOR January 29, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Alek, you obviously don't know what the hell you are talking about. The military is more picky now than ever before. There is no more "join the ,military or go to jail" anymore. Hasn't been for decades. Also they try very hard to screen out those with mental issues. You need to get some facts before you spew your bullsh!t on here.
Steve Newman January 29, 2014 at 01:47 PM
So Alek- how does the butt feel now?. It is apparent to everyone that you hold the military in contempt. The same military that enables you to speak your vile garbage. We have a saying, put up or shut up. What have you done to better your country-vote for Obama- thanks for nothing.
SA January 29, 2014 at 02:22 PM
Hidell stated “most homeless vets do not bother” … which implies that some homeless vets do bother … further demonstrating his ignorance … ALL vets “bother” unless they have disgraced our flag… they all matter … BTW Conscription is currently in effect that was enacted in 1917 by Democrats ….
Steve Newman January 29, 2014 at 05:56 PM
SA- yes it is too bad we can not conscript Hidell-that would be a funny swearing in ceremony.
Alek J Hidell January 29, 2014 at 06:14 PM
My point exactly! We need to reinstate the draft, so that every family can lose a child to colonial ventures overseas. Which is why Vietnam ended a presidency, and that Afghanistan never will. Force everyone to contribute..... America has been humiliated by its military--why, in its entire history it has only beaten 3 foreign powers--Spain, Mexico, and Japan. What a bully.
SA January 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM
Hidell you are a true Communist …
TVOR January 31, 2014 at 12:03 PM
The only reason we have lost any conflicts is that the stupid politicians tied the hands of the generals and did not allow them to get the job done right. The only part politicians should play in any war is to give the go-ahead or say no. If they say yes, they should get the hell out of the way and let the generals get the job done. We could have won Vietnam with far fewer lives lost if we had allowed the military to do what they knew would work.


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