Bexar County joins 100,000 Homes Campaign

Project aims to house homeless people

Published On: Nov 27 2012 05:40:30 PM CST
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Bexar County has joined a new national campaign to help the homeless.

The aim of the 100,000 Homes Campaign is to find permanent homes for 100,000 homeless Americans.

Members of the San Antonio Regional Alliance For Homeless met with the campaign organizer on Tuesday morning to find out details about the project. The Housing Authority of Bexar County, San Antonio Housing Authority, Veterans Administration, SAMMinistries and County Judge Nelson Wolff also attended the meeting.

According to campaign organizer Linda Kaufman, a big focus will be to find housing for those in dire medical need and homeless veterans.

People with mental, drug or alcohol problems will be given a chance to get into a home, even before completing treatment for their problems.

According to Wolff, veterans account for a large number of area homeless.

"A huge number of veterans are coming back into society and have some real difficulties dealing with their re-entry into society," Wolff said.

One of the challenges, according to Wolff, will be finding places to house the homeless. But he said it's a problem that's already being dealt with.

"We've gone about trying to acquire more housing units, the Housing Authority has to try and make that available for them," Wolff said. "Bexar County has put an additional $14 million into the Haven For Hope housing units."

Kaufman said it will be up to the community to work together to find those that need help most. The effort could include canvassing neighborhoods and talking to the homeless, first hand.

"We're going to give it our best shot to work with all of these agencies and try to help more people with their housing," Wolff said.

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