Rhode Island is on track to house all its homeless veterans by the end of the year. That’s according to the Rhode Island Coalition for the homeless. Advocates will celebrate the opening of 20 new housing units Monday.
Out of an estimated 200 homeless veterans, advocates say more than 160 have been housed so far in Rhode Island.
Eric Hirsch is an advocate for the homeless and a professor at Providence College, who works with the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless. He says veterans may still experience homelessness in the Ocean State, but they can now be housed within a reasonable amount of time.
“The goal is that no one, after the end of 2015, no veteran will spend more than 30 days in a shelter; we will move them into permanent housing within that 30 day period,” said Hirsch.
Hirsch said homeless veterans experience unique challenges; many of which stem from tours of active duty.
“Many of them have post-traumatic stress disorder, they may also have physical brain injuries and it becomes very difficult, in many cases to readjust to civilian life.”
Organizations across Rhode Island are taking part in a national campaign to end chronic homelessness nationally the country called Zero: 2016.
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