SARAH Executive Director Bill Hubbard (left) and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor thank Justin Schmitt, assistant vice president for Corporate Responsibility, for USAA’s continued support to fight homelessness in San Antonio.
USAA is contributing nearly $1.3 million to six local nonprofit organizations leading the fight against homelessness in San Antonio. Two-thirds of the funds will help sustain the effective end of veteran homelessness, with the remaining one-third earmarked to support the general homeless population.
Officials of the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless (SARAH) were joined by other community leaders to announce USAA’s contribution yesterday before the city’s 2017 Point-In-Time Homeless Count. During the annual PIT count, volunteers canvass the city to help measure the population and demographics of homeless individuals.
San Antonio Police Chief William McManus addresses the press about the importance of the Point-in-Time Count in the effort to reduce homelessness.
In January 2016, USAA pledged $2.1 million to support San Antonio’s efforts in the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness. In May 2016, the U.S Interagency Council on Homelessness said the city had met the criteria to mark the “effective” end of veteran homelessness in the community. The system established to achieve that milestone will now be used to help the broader homeless population.
“Helping our neighbors get back on their feet takes a commitment from the entire community,” said Bill Hubbard, executive director of SARAH. “USAA’s generous financial support and employee volunteers are making a profound difference for hundreds of homeless veterans. Now, USAA’s continued commitment to the effort will allow us to expand our support to all our area’s homeless.”
“Effectively ending veteran homelessness is a great example of what can be achieved when communities identify a problem and work collaboratively to fix it,” said Harriet Dominique, senior vice president of USAA Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs.
USAA’s $1.3 million contribution to help the homeless will be distributed to these nonprofit organizations: