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Housing resources available for Michigan Veterans

Salute to Vets


FLINT, Mich. -- Roughly one in every ten homeless people is a Veteran, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Army Veteran Edward Dorsette is part of that alarming statistic.

"I was homeless at a shelter in Detroit and I've never seen such a horrible place in my life. They had roaches. They had mice," Dorsette said.

Thanks to a friend, Dorsette learned about the nonprofit Vets Returning Home in Roseville, Michigan.

He's been there for more than year now -- currently recovering from a hip surgery and preparing for another one.

Vets Returning Home has a commercial kitchen and 43 beds.

In just five years, since its opening, more than 1,400 Veterans have transitioned into independence.

Founder Sandy Bower says the program doesn't take any government funding. It runs 100% off donations.

Bowers says the facility provides structure which is something many Veterans need after leaving the military.

"Uncle Sam told them everything to do, right down to their colored socks and then four years later, we're done. They don't know what they're supposed to do," said Bower.

Marine Corps Veteran David Brown served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He's another Veteran benefiting from the resources at Vets Returning Home.

He came back from overseas with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.

"I most definitely did, very severely. I couldn't sleep at night and would randomly get mad," Brown said.

Brown is using the center to slowly transition back to civilian life. He's already found a job.

Another resource is the VA.

This option is better suited for those suffering from alcohol or substance abuse.

"That poses a big barrier for them," says Carly Huffman who's a homeless program coordinator at the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw.

Huffman wants Veterans to know about HUD-VASH.

HUD-VASH allows Veterans to put 30% of their incomes toward housing while a federally funded Section 8 voucher covers the rest.

"Any Veteran that is experiencing homelessness or is imminently at risk of becoming homeless would qualify for that voucher," Huffman said.

These are two very different programs with the same exact goal in mind -- helping our Veterans when they return home.


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