Virginia was named the first state in the country to “functionally end” veteran homelessness.
On Veterans Day, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced during a ceremony at the Virginia War Memorial in Richmond, Virginia, that his state was certified to be the first state to house all of its homeless veterans. The certification came after a promise last year to help veterans get off the streets.
“We talk about building the entire package for folks, so that we get you off the street. We need to make sure that we can get you into housing, we gotta make sure we have the healthcare resources for ya,” McAuliffe said, reported NBC 12.
“Jane,” an Air Force veteran, said she lost her home last year to foreclosure and had nowhere to go. She spent time in a storage unit before finding herself in a homeless shelter.
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”It was an experience you know, but I got help,” she said.
To help veterans like Jane, the General Assembly allocated $500,000 to a continuous effort to provide services and shelter to veterans who need it.
“We don't wait for veterans to come in seeking services. We go out to them,” Kelly King Horne, executive director of homeless agency Homeward, said.