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A program in Cleveland pilots help for homeless vets
Sen. Sherrod Brown pushes for passage of legislation to duplicate the effort
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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The idea of being homeless seems especially troublesome around the holidays. And more troublesome still, when the homeless are veterans. 

WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on an effort in Cleveland to help “those who served” who now have nowhere to live.

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More than 62,000 veterans were homeless at the start of last year, according the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The number was reportedly down from previous surveys, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has set a goal in 2009 of wiping out veteran homelessness by 2015.

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio is a backer of a piece of federal legislation called the ‘Homeless Veterans Prevention ACT’ that he says will make that goal achievable. Introduced in the Senate in April of this year, it’s still in committee.

So, Brown came to Cleveland, to a building called The Liberty at St. Clair, where the VA has a precursor of the homeless program up and running.

“What’s happening at the Liberty, at on St. Clair, is really phenomenal. The partnership between ... the Veterans Administration and local vets, and the federal government and local communities, really helped to stabilize a number of veteran’s lives. Helping with living in a small apartment — paying if they can -- with drug treatment and ... with social interaction with other veterans.”

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Brown asked veterans and the public alike to pressure Congress to move on the homeless prevention bill because he said its the nation's obligation, and the need for action are clear.

“Veterans in our country are more likely to be homeless than non-veterans. They’re more likely to be unemployed. They’re more likely to suffer from various kinds of alcohol and drug addiction. We have had major progress in the last four years; the number of homeless veterans is significantly down -- some 20 percent or so -- from what it was three or four years ago. But, we need to do more.”

Browns said in addition to housing, the bill would let the VA develop public-private partnerships to help homeless vets with everything from legal assistance and establishing identification to qualify for housing assistance, to providing gender-specific housing for female veterans.

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Why are they RELEASING the resident's medical records, telling the world every resident at this location is "CRAZY, ADDICTED, and ALCOHOLICS"?


Posted by: August on December 13, 2013 10:12AM
This place is a PRISON-LIKE INSANE ASYLUM; no privacy


Posted by: August (Cleveland) on December 6, 2013 8:12AM
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