Nearly 900 people took part in the 27th annual National Stand Down event for homeless veterans at San Diego High School, organizers said Monday. But while the number of single male veterans served Friday through Sunday declined, families rose, organizers said.
An unspecified increase in families at Stand Down “has serious implications for our community,” said Phil Landis, the president and CEO of Veterans Village of San Diego. “This population represents a group that has significant unmet needs.”
The San Diego Housing Commission also announced it received 177 rental assistance vouchers from the federal government, which will help get some of the veterans a place to live.
Stand Down started in San Diego in 1988 and has since spread to more than 200 communities around the United States. Homeless veterans and their families receive services like showers, medical checkups, clothes and legal services.
The VVSD said 894 people were served this year by nearly 3,000 volunteers, including several hundred active-duty military members.
During the weekend, Dr. Jon Nachison, co-founder of Stand Down, was honored by Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) and Marine Brig. Gen. James Bierman Jr.
— City News Service contributed to this report.