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MEDIA ALERT: Veterans Day Celebration, Hosted by Shelter Network

BURLINGAME, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/11 --

Thursday, November 10, 2011
11:30am-1:00pm (program begins at 12:00pm)

Shelter Network's Maple Street Shelter
1580A Maple Street, Redwood City, CA 94063

On Thursday, November 10, Shelter Network will host a Veteran's Day celebration honoring those individuals who have bravely served our country. The event will take place at Maple Street Shelter, Shelter Network's emergency and transitional housing site for single adults in Redwood City. Currently, 14 of the 76 homeless adults living at Maple Street Shelter are veterans.

The Veteran's Day event will include addresses from key Shelter Network staff, celebratory tributes to our nation's veterans, testimonials from homeless Shelter Network clients who have served in the armed forces, and catered lunch.

On a national level, the rate of veteran homelessness is astounding. An estimated one out of every six adults in the country's homeless shelters are veterans. Additionally, veterans are 50% more likely to become homeless compared to other Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Shelter Network prides itself on serving the nation's veterans. Over the last year, 10% of the agency's homeless adults were veterans. Of veteran families, the vast majority were soldiers from the recent Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Shelter Network provides more than just a bed and a hot meal; clients receive case management, employment and housing search assistance, financial literacy classes, life skills workshops, medical and mental health services, licensed childcare, and other supportive services to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. Case managers are passionate advocates for veteran clients and work closely with the VA to ensure that veterans access available public benefits and housing vouchers.

Shelter Network is expanding services for veteran clients, thanks to a new program sponsored by the VA, entitled Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). The SSVF program provides funding to help veteran families who are homeless -- or at high risk of becoming homeless -- secure and maintain permanent housing.

Karae Lisle, Executive Director, Shelter Network
Brian Greenberg, Vice President of Programs & Services, Shelter Network
John M., Homeless Veteran and Resident of Shelter Network's Maple Street Shelter

Established in 1987, Shelter Network has become one of the largest and most effective human service agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. We operate six emergency and transitional housing sites, including four family apartment facilities and two shelters for single adults.

Shelter Network's methodology delivers results: over 90% of the families that graduate from our transitional housing programs return to permanent housing. The average length of stay in a transitional family program is just 100 days -- less than half the national average. Through collaborative partnerships and a broad range of supportive services, we help over 4,000 homeless families and individuals annually return to permanent housing and ongoing self-sufficiency.

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