Young, Veterans: the Face of Monterey County Homelessness | Monterey, California | The Californian
The number of young people and veterans who are homeless in Monterey County is increasing.
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors got to meet two of the ranks of those growing populations.
Veterans make up an increasing proportion of the county’s homeless, Glorietta Rowland, the executive director of the Coalition for Homeless Service Providers, told the board.
According to this year’s homeless census, 13 percent of the county’s homeless are veterans. That’s up from 9 percent in 2009, the last year a count of the homeless population was completed.
Today’s homeless veterans could look like Jeremy Agbayani, a not-yet-30 veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Agbayani lives in the Veterans Transition Center in Marina and is counted among the county’s “sheltered homeless.”
Without the center, he told the board, “I don’t know where I’d be.”