How Riverside County reached ‘functional zero’ veteran homelessness

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Vietnam Vet: A Hero's Welcome

Vietnam Vet: A Hero's Welcome

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Homelessness continues to be a huge problem in Southern California, but Riverside County says that they’ve managed to reach “functional zero” veteran homelessness. As the 10th most populous county in the country, it’s the largest county to hit this benchmark, Lynne Brockmeier with the Riverside University Health System’s Behavioral Health Housing Crisis Response Team told KPCC.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, hitting functional zero means they’ve instituted “a well-coordinated and efficient community system that assures homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring and no Veteran is forced to live on the street.” The county Board of Supervisors issued a proclamation last week celebrating this accomplishment.

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