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Groundbreaking On Transitional Facility For Homeless Vets In Camden

By John Ostapkovich

CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) – It’s barely six months from yesterday’s groundbreaking to the expected September opening of a transitional facility for homeless veterans in Camden.

About a quarter of all the homeless are veterans, the vast majority of them honorably discharged, say the folks behind Home for the Brave, to be built on Atlantic Avenue, right next to the Aletha Wright Service Center run by Volunteers of America Delaware Valley.

“There’ll be a one-story, 30-bed dormitory-style facility,” COO Gina Adams says. “Their meals will be provided. They’ll have meeting space. They’ll have space for the Veterans Administration to come in, to have everything right here on site.”

The idea is to serve those who served us, and Adams says the clientele won’t be hard to find.  Many are already getting services in the Wright Center, and she expects word will get out to those still on the street that someone is ready, willing and (soon) able to help ge them off it.


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    Homeless Veterans need IMMEDIATE REAL HOUSING, with leases in their names, keys to locking doors, and PRIVACY to live their lives as they see fit!

  • August

    This WILL NOT BE HOUSING; it’ll be an all-controlling & prison-like MANDATORY 12-Step religious cult insane asylum, where the veterans are baby-sat 24/7 by staff, armed guards, and snitches, and threatened daily they are “ONE BROKEN RULE AWAY FROM BEING THROW BACK TO THE STREETS; no privacy is allowed!

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    Why not convert shut down military bases such as Fort Dix, etc., to house homeless vets. Allow the cooks, medics, and other personnel to assist in the up keep and maintenance of the retired base. With some needed help from the VA, the federal and local governments, to support this much needed necessity, it would be a huge success for the Neglected Veterans our government forgot.

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