As we continue to respond to the challenges of COVID-19, it is critically important to keep the momentum of getting veterans housed. For veterans who remain unsheltered, many are among the most vulnerable to serious health complications from disease. The majority are seniors (55%), disabled (56%), extremely low-income (72%), and aged beyond their years, often due to service-related injuries and time on the streets.
Our mission to end veteran homelessness is more urgent than ever to both our community and the veterans we serve. We have continued to move these veterans off the streets and into housing in a rapid and safe fashion.
Construction was completed on our latest supportive housing program, The Edwin M. Lee Apartments on February. Before and after the Shelter in Place order, dedicated staff were working to move 62 formerly homeless veterans and 56 low-income families into the new building. These veterans and families now have a home to safely Shelter in Place during COVID-19 and well beyond.