Homeless Veterans of San Diego

No Man Left Behind

aka HVSD   |   Oceanside, CA   |  www.hvofsd.com
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Mission

Our Mission is straightforward, to end homelessness for Veterans in San Diego. We offer a comprehensive fast-paced program that requires a lot. Our intense case management holds each veteran accountable for taking the steps forward to improve their situation in a timely manner. Each veteran is assigned a case management team that offers a wide variety of resources to help the veteran reach their individual goals. From finding temporary bridge housing, employment, educational opportunities, reunification with family, financial literacy, VA benefits, mental health support, rehabilitation, etc. We work with each veteran individually, setting personal goals that are obtainable, realistic, and meant to improve the veteran's situation drastically and end their homelessness once and for all.

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

Kelly Anne Luisi

Main address

1617 Mission Avenue

Oceanside, CA 92058 USA

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EIN

82-1567715

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

Housing Search Assistance (L30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Our mission at HVSD is to put an end to the epidemic of homelessness in San Diego among our veterans. There are roughly 1400 homeless veterans that presently live in San Diego county according to the 2018 Point In Time Count. We think this number is arguably low due to the fact that folks living in RV's that were not counted. It is our goal to approach the issue of homelessness, one veteran at a time,

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

House 2 Home

An immediate opportunity to get those that are most vulnerable to get off the streets. Veterans that are experiencing life without shelter on the streets. Veterans with small infants or children, females, elderly, frail, sick, or those that have disabilities. Those that are found to have the highest risk are given priority.
Veterans are expected to be apart of a fast-paced program meant to push them forward in a quick and efficient manner to get their lives on track in a safe, stable environment. Veterans are worked with on a daily basis to create goals, steps, and a true path out of their current situation. They are held to a very high standard and asked to move forward in a timely efficient manner. The goal is to be self-sustaining, gain financial literacy, and gain employment, if possible in a timely manner. The program is designed to act as a stepping stone for those that are truly ready to move forward.
We have plans to expand this program in the next few years and give the veterans more of an opportunity - in a ranch like setting.

Population(s) Served

Our Emergency Fund is for those veterans that fall into a “High Risk” category. This could be for a number of reasons… they could be elderly, frail, not in good physical or mental health or have young children! In these cases we often feel that they might not do well in a shelter environment. Often HVSD staff is faced with wait times at shelters. These wait lists are often weeks long. Our most veterans need to be off the streets due to their vulnerability risk immediately. Through our “Emergency Fund” we are able to assist these most needy veterans and get them into “shelter”.

Population(s) Served

Allows us to offer the veterans support to get into housing, with 1st, last and a deposit. Also offers financial support for 4-6 months while they get on their feet. The cost of living in San Diego makes it very difficult for the average person to get into housing. Our rental assistance program gives them the opportunity to get into their own place quickly.

Population(s) Served

HVSD staff often faces the challenge of having a veteran come in, that has NO identification! This is often due to theft or police raids on homeless encampments. These ID’s, Veteran VA Cards, DD214’s (service records in the military), birth certificates etc end up in the trash during a encampment raid. Without a ID these veterans are unable to obtain a cell phone, any VA benefits or any assistance with social services. To re-establish this documentation there is cost. Someone has to ingest these costs in order for the veteran to move forward. HVSD is fortunate to have funding for these very important documents. We are able to quickly get them the identification they start the process forward and off the streets

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of veterans with PTSD served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Housing Assistance Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of emergency meals provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Housing Assistance Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of veterans that recieve permanant housing?

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to assist one veteran off the streets at a time. We accomplish this through individualized strategies that are tailored to each veterans particular barriers and challenges. We aim to 1st build trust with our veterans, create support systems to ensure success and long term relationships.

We have identified 20 points of contact we can accomplish with a veterans to support his or her effort and journey off the streets. We direct them to resources & ensure engagement. Provide direct access to food sources. Ensure access to VA services & benefits. Navigate to social services (ie Med I Cal, Food Stamps). Re-establish vital identification. Create and track progress with individual "Action Plans". We navigate to shelters & bridge housing. We provide transportation for employment, medical and food access. Provide resources to mental health and addiction specialists. We guide veterans through disability claims and the rating process. We navigate to legal counsel, assistance & support. Establish usage of all entitled benefits. Directly support housing placement. Provide start up housing support with "House2Home" program. Provides hands on job search techniques, coaching & resume prep. Sustainability through financial counseling. Mentor & Support veteran through entire process!

Our 2018 Impact: 41 veterans off the street & into bridge housing, 19 veterans into permanent housing, 15 bus passes provided, 11 Uber rides in emergency circumstances given, 644 sack lunches provided during outreach, 62 Food boxes given out, 1 veteran in rehab, 11 veterans provided House2Home program assistance, 17 given re-identification assistance, 4 vets received rental, utility or mobile phone assistance, 210 toiletry bags given out, 13 veterans went back to work, 4 are enrolled in school using GI Bill and 71 rides have been provided through HVSD to vets to get to VA, Medical, Employment, housing etc.

Our results show the impact we are making on the community and our homeless veterans. Although at this point we are considered a small organization, we are having a BIG impact and getting results. Our program is powerful and life changing to the veterans we come across in our program. We strive to provide personal, individualized services to our veterans that create goals, support systems, self confidence, dignity, accountability, trust, lifelong friendships and most importantly success in the lives of the veterans we serve.

It is our goal in the future to fill the missing component of providing our own Bridge housing program, we currently are missing! One day soon we hope to never have to tell a veteran or his young family that we don't have a safe place for them to sleep that night. It is our goal to fill this gap within the next 2 years with adequate funding sources.

Financials

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Operations

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Homeless Veterans of San Diego

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kelly Luisi

Homeless Veterans of San Diego

Term: 2017 -

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes