For Persian Gulf Veteran John McCarthy, he didn’t learn of the many Veterans support programs until he landed in Sacramento County Jail. For Vietnam War Veteran Marty Silliman, he found himself and his 14-year-old daughter homeless after he faced foreclosure on his home.
But both vets found housing, support and a family at Shelter Network’s in Redwood City.
On Thursday, Shelter Network, a transitional housing non-profit, hosted a to honor those who bravely served our country. Fourteen of the 76 homeless adults living at Maple Street Shelter are veterans, while five at the Menlo Park family housing site are also Veterans.
Nationally, an estimated one out of every six adults in the country’s homeless shelters are veterans. Additionally, veterans are 50 percent more likely to become homeless compared to other Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Shelter Network’s mission is to not only house homeless individuals, including the nation’s Veterans, but to provide comprehensive support like job training, financial classes and anger management classes.
“If it weren’t for Shelter Network, I don’t know if I’d be here,” McCarthy said. “I could very well be dead.”