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Anchorage looks to shelter homeless veterans by January of 2016

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Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz says the city is getting closer to meeting its goal of finding shelter for all homeless veterans by January of 2016.


A count by the Municipal Department of Health and Human Services this summer found 23 vets living on Anchorage streets. Berkowitz said all of them have since found shelter. Thirteen have been placed in emergency shelters and another 10 have found permanent housing.


Roy Bradley is one of the lucky ones. Bradley served in the U.S. Army as a young man and then fell into homelessness years later. Bradley said he has lived on and off in the woods and on Anchorage streets for 11 years.


Bradley now has a room in the Safe Harbor Inn, along with seven other once homeless vets. The housing is provided through a joint project administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the nonprofit RurAL CAP.


Corrine O’Neill, with RurAL CAP, said the lodging is considered “supportive housing.” Residents receive services like mental health counseling and addiction referrals. She said even though the housing is termed supportive, it should also be considered permanent. O’Neill said the homeless vets can stay for as long as they like.


The post Anchorage looks to shelter homeless veterans by January of 2016 appeared first on KTVA 11.



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