Veterans Village of San Diego. Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A dedication ceremony is scheduled Friday for the renovated shelter in the Midway District for homeless veterans.

Veterans Village of San Diego, at 4141 Pacific Highway, worked on the improvement project for 15 years.

“When VVSD first began operating on Pacific Highway in 1990, our dream was to one day create a state-of-the-art facility to help veterans recover from alcoholism, drug addiction and emotional trauma,” said Phil Landis, VVSD’s president and CEO.

“Because of the generous financial support from committed partners and the hard work of hundreds of men and women, that goal has become reality,” he said.

The upgrades include a new meeting hall, dental clinic and housing for female veterans.

A count of the region’s homeless in January found that 15.4 percent had once served in the military, out of a total of more than 8,700 people living on the streets or in shelters.

Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer are among the dignitaries scheduled to attend the dedication.

—City News Service

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