The SF Homes for Heroes initiative takes the collaboration of federal agencies and community organizations to address the problem of veteran homelessness.
This initiative is a collaboration between Swords to Plowshares and the following organizations:
• City and County of San Francisco is taking a key role in this 100 day initiative. The Mayor’s Office is leading the fight against homelessness and this initiative exemplifies the commitment to veterans as well.
• Department of Veteran Affairs: The San Francisco office is working with other organizations to help its veteran clients take advantage of this drive to house vets. It is also addressing homelessness among Veterans by virtue of its Veteran Justice Outreach initiatives and the San Francisco VA has opened the very first VA Justice Clinic.
• Department of Housing and Urban Development‘s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transform the way HUD does business.
• San Francisco Housing Authority serves over 20,000 individuals residing in San Francisco. Its mission is to deliver safe and decent housing for low income households and integrate economic opportunity for residents.
• San Francisco Apartment Association is a nonprofit organization which informs San Francisco housing owners of their rights and how to manage their property.
• Small Property Owners of San Francisco provides owners of small rental properties in San Francisco with the tools and information necessary to conduct business successfully through its educational programs, publications, and workshops.
• BergDavis Public Affairs (BDPA) is a leading California public affairs and government relations firm based in San Francisco. The company specializes in targeted government, community and media relations campaigns designed to assist businesses, government agencies and non-profits with reputation management, crisis communications, community outreach, media relations, lobbying and a host of other strategic public affairs needs. For more than a decade BDPA has made providing pro-bono services to local non-profits a priority. Evette Davis, one of the firm’s founders and a San Francisco resident, usually manages the projects (and is very glad to be a part of the team helping find homes for veterans!)
More information about the organizations, agencies and involved parties soon to be posted.