Many cities across the country are now starting to figure out what they can do to help get homeless veterans off the streets and into permanent housing. The cities of Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi, are no exception.
Those two cities on Mississippi's Gulf Coast recently got word from the U.S. Department and Housing and Urban Development that they had effectively ended their veteran homelessness problem, but some local experts say there are at least a few more of these servicemembers still on the streets, according to a report from the Biloxi Sun Herald. While more than 240 of them were put into housing from January to November last year – nearly 20 per month – some believe that the problem lies in more veterans being on the streets than can be housed in a given month.
"But the services that are available now, I would say, are probably enough to where, if a veteran seriously seeks housing, there will be some avenue that he or she can pursue to receive housing," Everett Lewis, executive director of the Gulf Coast Housing Initiative at Back Bay Mission in Biloxi, told the newspaper.
Often, veterans who need help with something will just need to seek it out to find assistance from one organization or another.