Insurer USAA has pledged $2.1 million to help end veteran homelessness in San Antonio.
The company said USAA’s pledge was inspired by the White House Administration’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, which was announced by First Lady Michelle Obama in 2014 as part of the First Lady and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative.
The pledge was announced at a press conference by San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor and USAA Chief Executive Officer Stuart Parker.
In January 2015, Mayor Taylor kicked off local participation in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, an initiative tackled by more than 681 cities and communities across the country and supported by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and the National League of Cities.
Since joining the challenge, more than 800 homeless veterans in San Antonio have moved or are in the process of moving into permanent housing.
“Although the City of San Antonio has made substantial progress to-date, our goal is to end veteran homelessness by March 31, 2016,” Mayor Taylor said. “USAA’s tremendous support will help us reach our goal.”
To address San Antonio’s remaining homeless veterans, beneficiaries of the funding are the American GI Forum National Veterans Outreach Program, South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless and Family Endeavors.
Mayor Taylor concluded the announcement with a challenge to the corporate community to join the initiative.