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Winooski program helps homeless vets in Vt.

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Homeless Vermont vets are moving into stable, permanent housing thanks to a new program in Winooski.

The color guard from VFW Post 6689 in Essex Junction helped dedicate the flagpole outside the Canal Street Veterans Housing facility in Winooski Thursday morning. The Committee on Temporary Shelter partnered with veterans organizations, local businesses, volunteers and Vermont's Congressional delegation to build the center.

Since it opened two years ago, it has helped 23 homeless vets get the care and skills they need to move on to permanent housing on their own. COTS says one of the things that makes the program unique is the units have enough room for a family member to stay with the veteran.

"The old model was to treat the veteran and they would leave their family. But that's the key support you need at a time you're really struggling," said Rita Markley of COTS.

The building has enough transitional and permanent units to house 28 vets at a time. It cost nearly $6 million.

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