Facing no organized opposition, Proposition 41, a measure authorizing $600 million in bonds for housing and other services for homeless veterans, passed with more than 65 percent of the vote in June.
That could go a long way to helping California’s veterans, which are overrepresented in the homeless population. At nearly 15,000 on any given night, they also make up more than a quarter of homeless veterans nationwide, according to the state Department of Housing and Community Development.
But now comes the difficult part of figuring out how the money will be spent, including which regions have the greatest need for funding assistance. The Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Program has hosted a series of meetings across the state over the past two weeks, and it will get Sacramento’s input today at 2 p.m. at the HCD Headquarters at 2020 West El Camino Avenue in Sacramento. A final meeting takes place tomorrow in Santa Ana.
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Los Angeles and called upon the county to end homelessness among veterans. Los Angeles County has more than 6,300 homeless veterans, the most in the nation.