Veteran Homelessness is No More In Southern West Virginia

Beckley., WV (WOAY)– In 2014 a initiative was introduced named “The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness” four years later that goal has been completed.

In a press conference today Mayor Rob Rappold along with the Department of Veteran Affairs announced that there are no longer any homeless Veterans in southern West Virginia.

Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Summers, Greenbrier, Monroe, Pocahontas, Wyoming, Mercer, and McDowell are all counties included in the list.

The City of Beckley along with the VA have been working effortlessly with federal government to get funding for the Veterans.

The HUD also plays a part in finding homes for the Veterans, but they are allowed to choose their own homes. The homes are then furnished by several organizations who provide donations.

Stacey J. Vasquez The Director for The Beckley VA said, “We have housed about 450 Veterans in this area in permanent housing and we’ve also provided employment services through compensated work therapy at the VA for over 1,200 veterans.”

Both Mayor Rappold and Stacey add that they will continue to help any Veteran in this area that is in need.

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