Beds For Homeless Vets

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A two-story transitional housing and service center for homeless veterans is being built in Charleston.

Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito announced Wednesday that ground will be broken in mid-June.

She says the new center will support the growing needs of homeless veterans who enter the Giltinan Center, which is part of Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center's operations.

The 60-bed Giltinan Center is for adult males and is filled to capacity at all times, with veterans making up about 30 percent of its occupants.

As part of the veterans housing project, 15 Giltinan housing units will be renovated.

The new center will contain 12 units.

Roark-Sullivan co-Chief Executive Officer Julie Alston says funding has been secured for the entire $950,000 project.

Construction is expected to be complete by January or February.

The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that approximately 195,000 U.S. veterans are homeless on any given night.

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