On November 11, Veterans Day, fifty-one homeless Veteran households moved into their new homes in Hillsborough County. Bay Area Apartment Association members made units available helping county officials surpass the goal of fifty rental homes for the Vets. This initiative nearly cuts in half the number of 125 homeless Veterans listed in the county’s homeless tally earlier this year.
Twenty-five cities and counties nationwide are working on ending homelessness for Veterans. Hillsborough County focused its effort on November 11 in a program called Operation Reveille. In Hillsborough County, ACTS, the Agency for Community Treatment Services, provided “bridge money” to pay deposits and VASH vouchers for twelve months of rent. ACTS guarantees the rent as the organization leases the units and then sub-leases to the Veteran.
ACTS is providing “wrap-around”, supportive services to the new residents for the term of the lease – counseling, legal services, job placement, health care, and more. Program staff is on-call 24/7 to assist the Veterans as well as the property management.