SAN DIEGO (Tribune News Service) — Peter Tancredi points to the image of three smiling young military veterans on the wall.
“That’s who we thought we’d be helping,” said Tancredi, a retired military hospital administrator, chuckling at the memory.
Instead, Peter and Susan Tancredi had to give themselves a crash course in homeless programs.
The couple, both retired Army officers, are volunteers at the San Diego Central Library veterans resource center. On Thursday afternoons, they are the smiling faces waiting at the assigned third-floor cubbyhole, just past the elevators at the massive lattice-domed downtown library.
The Mission Valley and Point Loma library branches house these resource centers, too, thanks to state and federal grants. So do libraries in Chula Vista and Oceanside.
But with the city’s homeless crisis concentrated in downtown San Diego, nearly all the vets who seek help at the Central …