Private groups and government agencies nationwide are now trying to do more to combat veteran homelessness, often by creating new facilities in which these former servicemembers can live. Just such an effort is now underway in Davenport, Iowa.
Freedom Home Ministries is now working to completely renovate an old home in time to move homeless veterans in during the month of May, according to a report from Davenport television station KWQC. The property had been vacant for a decade before the organization negotiated a long-term deal with the owner to expedite the process of renovations for the good cause.
"Our goal is to get 10 veterans off the streets and into their own apartments," Angie Walker, president of Freedom Home Ministries of the Quad Cities Area, told the station. "Homelessness with our veterans is unacceptable and we just want to do our part to help as many people as we can."
The efforts of organizations like this one provide significant benefits to veterans who often simply don't have other options for stabilizing their lives and getting themselves back into a successful ongoing situation.