SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer was tapped Wednesday to be one of five California mayors to join a White House initiative to end homelessness among former members of the armed forces.
The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness was announced by first lady Michelle Obama and Shaun Donovan, secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
The program involves leaders with HUD, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness and National League of Cities. The purpose of the mayors' challenge is to work at ending homelessness nationally by implementing strategies locally, according to the White House.
"Over the years, I've worked locally with many San Diegans to help homeless veterans create a better life," Faulconer said. "I'm proud to take this issue head-on and join the national initiative to find more ways to get our nation's heroes off city streets and back into a decent home."
A count in January found more than 8,500 homeless people in San Diego County, around 17 percent of whom were veterans. The figure for ex-military members was up 2 percent from one year earlier.
Other California mayors participating in the White House initiative are Ashley Swearengin of Fresno, John Marchand of Livermore, Jean Quan of Oakland and John D'Amico of West Hollywood.
Cool weather helped fire crews gain ground Thursday against the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century, as the search went on for more bodies. At least 56 people were killed and 300 were unaccounted for a week after the flames swept through.
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A transient who recently traveled to Southern California from the Midwest was arrested Friday on suspicion of jumping a woman on an East Village roadside, dragging her into some shrubbery and sexually assaulting her.
Hundreds of people, dressed in pink, were up early Friday for the “Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure” opening ceremonies in Del Mar.
A 92-year-old man accused of using a shotgun to kill his son while he slept in the Old Town home they shared pleaded not guilty Friday to a charge of murder.
A 37-year-old siamang gibbon at the San Diego Zoo recently gave birth to the zoo's first siamang baby in 12 years despite being on birth control, the zoo announced Friday.
Father Joe's Villages, which provides programs and housing for San Diego's homeless, and a Carlsbad-based development firm Friday announced a coordinated plan to build a mixed-use property with affordable housing in the downtown area.
An additional 4,000 migrants are expected to arrive at the border starting Friday through the weekend. The group has been growing by the hundreds each day, with about 800 migrants arriving in Tijuana Thursday.