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                                                              Our Village Voice

        VOL. 30 NO. 2                                                                          FEBRUARY 2019

      Commissioner’s Update                                                                                 Bill’s Box

      Serving Those Who Sacrificed                         Currently, Palm Beach County Veterans Services assist   By Bill Thompson

      For Us                                             veterans in the areas of compensation and pensions,   Situation
                                                         medical care, aid and attendant services, burial benefits,
                                                                                                              It is nearly 10 p.m. on
                                                         and documentation relating to homestead exemptions and   Jan. 21. I must arise at 4:45
      By Commissioner                                    income verification. This includes efforts to draw down   a.m. to get to the hospital
      Hal Valeche                                        $4.5 million in annual benefits for veterans.      by an ungodly time of 6:30
        It is an honor to call myself                      The rising cost of housing and the expiration of   a.m. for surgery to replace
      a military veteran, having                         affordability restrictions on existing affordable housing is   my left knee. Pre-op matters
      served as a Navy fighter                           playing a huge role in the increase of homeless veterans.   have made January hell. This
      pilot  in  the Vietnam War.                        Palm  Beach  County  recently  approved  HUD  funding   issue of our newsletter is more skimpy by far than any
      My service required taking                         and impact fee credits to leverage private and nonprofit   on record in recorded history – 25-plus years. I expect a
      great risks and executing                          investments for the construction of Village of Valor, a   good outcome and short recovery. Therefore, I hope to
      dangerous  missions;                               148-unit rental development in Lake Worth. The Faith   make a better showing for March.
      however, I know that troops                        Hope Love Charity veteran organization is spearheading   Annual Membership Meeting
      serving in ground combat                           the project, where units will be available to very low to     Feb. 21 – 6 p.m., at the Jupiter Community Center,
      experience a very different level of stress and uncertainty.   moderate-income persons with a priority given to veterans   200 Military Trail. If you are interested in how our village
      Sadly, yet understandably, many combat veterans suffer   and their families, including the disabled, homeless, and   works, come to the meeting.
      severe emotional scars that contribute to struggles with   those at-risk of homelessness.             That’s It
      addiction, mental illness, or homelessness.          Solutions require an ongoing partnership with      My sight is blurred, I’m tired. Energy spent. Can’t
        The most recent manual count of homeless in Palm Beach   government, service provider agencies and private   think. Quitting for today. Full speed ahead next month.
      County revealed a significant increase in homeless veterans.   industry. Another program offered in the county is     March copy deadline Feb. 13.
      At least 50 percent of those veterans counted are over the   S.M.A.R.T. Landlord, which recruits property owners
      age of 50, served in Vietnam, and have medical needs. I   to make efficiencies, studios and multiple bedroom
                                                         units renting at or below Fair Market Value available
      am working with County Human Resources and Veterans   to extremely low-income families and individuals.  Northern Notes
      Services staff, along with our community service providers
      and the local Veterans Administration Medical Center in   Participating  in  the  program  with  homeless  service
      Riviera Beach (VA) to enhance our services to veterans and   providers offers the following benefits:   Living With Coyotes
      place them in housing.                               •  Support – Landlords support the community by
        The housing authorities in this county work with the   offering housing at fair market value.      By O’Neal Bardin, Jr.
      VA to secure Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)     • Marketing – Landlords save costs on marketing and   Executive Director,
      vouchers from the Department of Housing and Urban   advertising since there is a list of clients ready to move in.   Northern Palm Beach
      Development (HUD), which currently help house more     • Assistance – Every tenant has a case manager who   County Improvement
      than 450 local veterans and their families. HUD will not   provides help to the client and is the landlord’s immediate   District
      release more vouchers without adequate social workers on   point of contact.                           A local news station
      staff with the VA to handle the cases. The Board of County     •  Rent – Landlords receive timely rent payments   recently ran a segment
      Commissioners urged our U.S. Senators to support federal   facilitated by the organization placing the tenant.   on coyote sightings in the
      legislation to increase VA staffing and make more VASH     • Tenant – Landlords always have a tenant and this   Palm Beach and West Palm
      vouchers available to our veterans, prompting the filing of   reduces vacancies.                     Beach area and residents in
      Senate Bill S. 2750.                                 Additionally, the county plans to invest a portion   our area have commented
        On Jan. 3, the County Commission along with the   of infrastructure sales tax dollars to retrofit surplus   on coyote sightings in the
      Homeless and Housing Alliance kicked off our Functional   county properties into permanent supportive cottages for   past, especially around
      Zero campaign to end veteran homelessness in Palm Beach   families.                                  dusk and dawn. The following information is from a
      County. Functional Zero is a coordinated and efficient     For more information on homeless and veterans services   publication by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
      community system designed to ensure that homelessness is   in Palm Beach County visit  Comm i ssi on
      rare, brief and nonrecurring, and will require an organized   communityservices/humanservices and as always, if there   (FWC) and the
      approach of resources and programs. The goal of the   is any way that my office can assist you, please contact me   University of
      campaign is to serve 100 veterans in 111 days.     at (561) 355-2201 or by email at   Florida/Institute
                                                                                                           of Food and
          Notice Annual Membership Meeting                                                                 Sciences.
                                                                                                           It provides
                                                                                                           information on
                                          Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.

                                  Jupiter Community Center,                                                Northern Notes on page 5

                                   200 Military Trail, Jupiter

                                                                                   Call Jupiter Police
                                                                                    to report suspicious activity.
                                                                                        (561) 799-4445.
                                                                                        The sooner called
                                                                                     the sooner they can help.
                                                                                    911 is for emergencies only.
                                                                                    Keep cars and house locked.
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