Veterans to Get Housing Help


Vets to get housing help through federal funds: U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey addresses the problems faced by more than 62,000 homeless veterans nationwide. Video by Greg Shillinglaw/The Journal News

Homeless on the streets of Boston, Jeremiah Pinto and his family moved to the Bronx where they jumped from shelter to shelter, struggling to regain some semblance of their former lives.

A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Pinto said he never imagined being among the more than 62,000 former members of the armed services who find themselves homeless on any given night.
“It’s just not something you even think of; why would you?” Pinto said with his two children seated next to him at a news conference Monday with congressional representatives. “I was successful after the Navy, but then I lost my job and it all went downhill from there.”
Pinto said his family eventually got back on their feet, moving to White Plains and keeping his Section 8 rent subsidy with assistance from a Westchester-based agency.
Now that agency, Westchester Community Opportunity Program (WestCOP), is receiving funding to help another 450 families like his.

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