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Housing help for area veterans

Winooski, Vermont - January 10, 2011

A new apartment building in Winooski will be getting many homeless veterans off the street.

Canal Street Apartments will provide 16 transitional and 12 long term apartments. The project, headed up by the Committee on Temporary Shelter and Housing Vermont, cost 5.8-million-dollars. While living in the apartments veterans will also have access to a range of social services allowing them to move to more independent housing.

"It's a giant statement about how Vermont cares for its veterans. That's one reason that goes back over the civil wars, Vermont's always been first -- ready to serve. We have a disproportionate number of veterans serving now as we have through history and that's why -- because they're taken care of," said Kevin Maloney, chairman of the local VFW's homeless committee.

"For the homeless veterans, this is more than a place to live, it's also going to be very supportive and provide those services that they need - so its that partnership," said Nancy Ownens, President of Housing Vermont.

Census data show about 100 veterans in Vermont are homeless on any given day.

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