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New housing coming for Vt. homeless vets

Winooski, Vermont - November 10, 2010

On the eve of Veterans Day advocates are calling attention to the growing number of homeless vets.

According to U.S. Census data, there are 98 homeless veterans in Vermont on any given night. But that number should soon be dropping.

The Committee on Temporary Shelter is preparing to open new veterans housing in Winooski in January. The $5.6 million project will create 2-year transitional housing for veterans who need additional services. The building also has affordable permanent housing on the top two floors.

"The important part of this whole project is the transitional part," said Michael Viens of the Veterans Advocacy Council. "Not only are they going to have a building, but it's going to be transitional. What type of help do they need?"

"What we want to do with this project is figure out another way before people lose everything to make sure we can welcome them home and give them the opportunity to give them the skills and support in a way that will truly allow them to move forward," said Rita Markley, the executive director of COTS.

COTS still needs $150,000 to complete the project.

Gina Bullard - WCAX News

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