TUCSON- Several programs here in Tucson are working to combat homelessness for our veterans.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates nearly 40,000 veterans in 2016 were living on the streets.
“This is what I like to do. Get these guys off of the streets and get them into housing,” Cliff Wade said.
Cliff Wade works with the City of Tucson and Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans to help homeless men and women off their feet.
“In the last 12 months, we’ve housed about 140 homeless individuals. Not just veterans, homeless people period. A lot of war veterans…You give a guy a key to their door. You get a smile on their face,” Wade said.
“We’ve been homeless for almost a year and we just got housed a month ago,” Sandra Wood said.
Thanks to Project Action for Veterans in Tucson, Woods is now able to have a home-cooked meal.
“I have health issues and living out on the streets it just got worse and worse. Now I’m home, I got my own home. I can cook…it feels excellent,” Wood said.
For many of these veterans facing homelessness, it’s about getting them in touch with the right program.
“We need to get these veterans before they hit the streets we need to get them to start working with the services,” Wade said.
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