FROM: U.S. LABOR DEPARTMENT
Veterans Share Experiences of Homelessness
Secretary Perez (center) speaks with veterans employed at Connections Housing in San Diego, (from left) Mario Moreno, Kevin Greene and Manuel Sanchez (front right) on March 31, 2015. U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (to the Secretary's right) and U.S. Rep. Susan Davis also toured the facility. Connections Housing is operated by PATH, a recipient of funding through the department's Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program.
As part of his trip to the West Coast, Secretary Perez visited Veterans at Connections Housing, a San Diego facility affiliated with People Assisting the Homeless. PATH, is an organization that provides sustainable housing for homeless veterans with funds from the department's Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program. One seven-year Navy veteran was homeless for 20 months before coming to the facility, where he found temporary shelter and learned job search skills like resume building and interviewing. He soon landed a job at a moving company. "While homelessness and joblessness among veterans continues to steadily decline, it remains our moral duty to do all we can to honor our veterans with the dignity of a good job," Perez said. He was joined by Congressional Reps. Scott Peters and Susan Davis. Last year, the department awarded more than $36 million to 156 organizations nationwide, which provided services to more than 12,000 veterans through HVRP.