San Bernardino County’s Homeless Veterans Initiative places 1,500th veteran into housing

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– San Bernardino County’s Homeless Veterans Initiative just placed its 1,500th veteran — Navy veteran Miyoko Toy — into her own apartment.

The Homeless Veterans Initiative was formed in 2015 following the annual Point-In-Time Count, which identified more than 400 homeless veterans in our County. By Thanksgiving of that year, every one of those veterans had been placed into housing, said Tom Hernandez, Chief of San Bernardino County’s Office of Homeless Services.

“We come together once a week to work on a housing plan for every single veteran who is homeless in San Bernardino County,” said Karyn Young-Lowe of Lighthouse Social Service Centers. In addition to housing, the homeless services team assists with health care, benefits, employment and other wrap-around assistance.

“I’m excited to have a home. I’m excited to have a place to take a nap, and wake up and be able to make myself something to eat. This means everything to me,” said Miyoko. 

For more information about homeless services for Veterans in San Bernardino County, contact Lighthouse Social Service Centers at (951) 571-3533. To reach San Bernardino County’s Veterans Affairs, call (909) 382-3290.

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