MARTINEZ (KCBS) – Many war veterans in the Bay Area who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan have no place to live due to chronic homelessness. Now, the Department of Veterans Affairs in Martinez is working to find permanent housing for these vets.
It’s estimated there are more than 10,000 homeless veterans nationwide. Patrick Kowalski has talked with many vets at the VA in Martinez that cannot find permanent housing for varying reasons.READ MORE: Splash Brothers Curry, Thompson Lead Warriors Past Pistons, 102-86
”These issues could range from mental illness to just environmental circumstances or longer term issues, which would also include substance abuse,” said Kowalski, who supervises the VA Supportive Housing Program. “With this population, you’re not just able to stick them in a home and think that it will be fine. There are supportive services that are needed.”READ MORE: Friends, Loved Ones Remember Michelle Go, Killed In NY Subway Attack At San Francisco Chinatown Vigil
KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:
He said that the Veterans Affairs Department is making vouchers available for permanent Section 8 housing. Many of the vets, who are lining up for this opportunity served in Iraq and Afghanistan.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Feds Launch Website Distributing Free At-Home COVID Testing Kits; Here's How To Get Your Free Tests
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