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Santa Barbara Co. launches 100-day effort to reduce homelessness among veterans

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 01:46:51-05

Santa Barbara County is launching a 100-Day Challenge to reduce homelessness among veterans in the community.

The effort is being led by the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care, which recently completed a 100-Day Challenge to reduce youth homelessness.

The 100-Day Challenge Initiative to address homelessness was initially launched in California last December after it was shown to be successful in other places across the country. Communities that accept the challenge receive additional assistance through the state's Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council as well as state assistance in seeking philanthropic support.

The county says its 100-Day Challenge to reduce youth homelessness, which started on June 29, was a success and the team was able to secure housing for 52 homeless youth.

For the 100-Day Challenge focused on veterans, the county's goals include connecting at least half of the county's more than 150 homeless veterans with safe, stable housing and supportive services.

Sonoma and San Francisco counties are also taking part in the 100-Day Challenge to reduce homelessness among veterans.