One of the major problems that have plagued the veteran community is homelessness. It’s true that nearly every city in the United States has homeless veterans. Even though the VA is trying its level best to deal with the situation, the impact is still not being felt.
It is good news for the people of Kent County after several organizations who help veterans who are homeless report that the problem of homeless veterans has at last been solved. The project started in 2015 and by that time, the county had more than 400 veterans who were homeless.
Jeffrey King, who is the Director of Communications for Community Rebuilders commented that veterans have been receiving more support and motivation from the whole community. King’s organization hopes to get rid of homelessness in the Grand Rapids area.
In 2010 an Obama-era initiative was started to end the chronic homelessness and currently there are about 54 communities nationwide that have played an important role in solving the issue of homelessness among veterans.
Vera Beech, the Executive Director of Community Rebuilders, commented on the same saying that giving a helping hand to the ex-service members was just beginning. He says the platform was great and would help in dealing with any form of homelessness in the community.
Nan Roman, the CEO and president of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, applauded the efforts, but also said that the major challenge that needs to be addressed by the communities are the factors that lead to homelessness. Kent County will be replicated in other states, connect veterans and the whole community to resources. After that, the outreach processes and efforts that have been successful in the past will be used until everyone has all the basic necessities they need before moving on to a new project. More information on how to help with the homelessness has been provided on the National Alliance to End Homelessness' website.