We discovered this program a couple years ago and immediately adopted it as the best long term solution for Sacramento’s homelessness problem, as are many others, as this article from KGW News reports.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — As Western Washington wrestles with how to help the area’s homeless population, one Texas city serves as a model for other cities around the country.
About 250 cities have come to visit Haven for Hope in San Antonio, Texas.
It’s a “one-stop shop” campus that’s dedicated to helping Bexar County’s homeless.
There are 30 agencies on its 22-acre campus. The services include housing, food, job training, child care and even kennels for pets, among other services. Mental health and addiction treatment is done across the street at the Restoration Center.
“All of the resources that a homeless person could need, if he or she is motivated, is centrally located right there,” said graduate Sam Lott, 52.
Help from a billionaire
The campus isn’t cheap.
It cost $101 million to build. Haven says 60 percent of that came from private donations.
“The business community initially wasn’t excited about helping to the homeless,” recalled billionaire Bill Greehey, former CEO of Valero, who’s credited with being the driving force behind getting the idea off the ground. “You really have to be committed and stay on message and eventually we got them won over,” he said.
Greehey says a series of local news stories about homelessness a decade ago inspired his philanthropic passion project.
“When I watched this program on TV, I had never seen the face of a homeless person before,” he said
Greehey estimated he’s personally donated $20 million of his own money to the project.
“I’m not through giving at Haven for Hope, but yes, this is the best investment I’ve ever made,” he said.