Homeless Veterans Program Seeks Shelter

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The Salvation Army previously sheltered 60 homeless veterans in its transitional housing program in this Civil War-era building at the Hampton VA Medical Center. The building was found to need major renovations. The Hampton City Council on Oct. 9 denied a permit for the program to move to an extended-stay hotel. (Daily Press file photo / March 15, 2012)
The Salvation Army previously sheltered 60 homeless veterans in its transitional housing program in this Civil War-era building at the Hampton VA Medical Center. The building was found to need major renovations. The Hampton City Council on Oct. 9 denied a permit for the program to move to an extended-stay hotel. (Daily Press file photo / March 15, 2012)

After Hampton’s denial, homeless veterans program seeks shelter

 

By Robert Brauchle

 
HAMPTON — Virginia’s largest veterans transitional housing program is without a home, and it doesn’t appear the service will find shelter any time soon.
The Hampton City Council voted on Oct. 9 to deny a permit needed by the Salvation Army Transitional Housing Program to move into an existing extended-stay hotel on Commander Shepard Boulevard. Earlier this year, the program was cast from its home of more than a dozen years at the VA Medical Center, after the 100-year-old building that housed it was found to need $3.5 million in repairs and renovation.
“If the Salvation Army can’t become operational in the very near future, the program will cease to exist,” said David Wall, who oversees the program for the Veterans Medical Center.
The federally funded program serves veterans who cannot find housing elsewhere. Administrators monitor participants’ progress finding a job and saving money so they can find permanent housing.

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