FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12. 2015
Spitzer and Veterans Advisory Council Chair McDonald Call for Expansion of 2-1-1 Orange County to Include Veteran Resources
(Orange County, CA) — Board of Supervisors Chairman Todd Spitzer and Veterans Advisory Council Chairman Bobby McDonald are calling for an expansion services for veterans and veteran families through the County of Orange’s 2-1-1 service. 2-1-1 Orange County is a database portal that links targeted people to needed serves by helping to navigate options and pre-screen eligibility. Currently, 2-1-1 services those with special needs, mentally ill, homeless, victims of domestic violence and others.
“It is painful to realize that many of the homeless are also veterans,” Chairman Spitzer said. “Expanding the 2-1-1 service to veterans and their families is a big step in the right direction in our effort to help end homelessness.”
An announcement regarding the expansion was made by 2-1-1 Orange County and SoCalGas at the OC Veterans Advisory Council meeting. SoCalGas has offered initial funding to expand 2-1-1 Orange County to include links to low-income programs such as CARE and ESAP.
“This funding will really help to launch the expansion of this important service. Linking veterans to the important services that they need is vital to improving the over-all condition and quality of life for our veterans,” said McDonald. “I’m always looking to expand services for veterans. I ask myself, “Does this help a veteran?” and if it does, I’m in support.”
Bobby McDonald is Spitzer’s appointee to the Orange County Veterans Advisory Council for the Third Supervisorial District.
California has the largest veteran population in the nation with an estimated population of over 130,000 veterans in Orange County.