Haven for Hope National Model

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.

An excerpt.

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.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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