Florida Veteran finds hope and a home thanks to VA efforts to end homelessness


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Veteran homelessness in Florida is down by 59 percent in the counties of Orange, Osceola and Seminole since 2011, and those being helped by VA and HUD are speaking up about their transition off the streets.

“I’ve been here a year now, and I’m still tickled pink,” said U.S. Army Veteran Michael Bailey during an interview with the Orlando Sentinel in his one-bedroom apartment. “I thought I’d never make it back.”

Michael was homeless for 16 years before learning of VA programs that could get him a home first and then treat his medical issues  – the opposite of how government approached the problem of Veteran homelessness in the past.

“It has been really exciting,” said Ken Mueller, coordinator for the Health Care for Homeless Veterans program at the Orlando VA to the Sentinel. “We have really focused on the chronically homeless, some of whom were not real successful in the traditional programs.”

Read more about Michael and the dedicated VA employees who are trying to end Veteran homelessness in Orlando here. And check out our slideshows of VA events aimed at ending homelessness among Veterans across the country.

 

2015 Washington, D.C., Winterhaven Event

 

2015 Washington, D.C., and Baltimore point-in-time counts

Author

Reynaldo Leal

– Reynaldo Leal is a public affairs officer for VA’s office of Digital Media Engagement and member for the VAntage Point’s staff. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to the Al Anbar Province with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He also took part in some of the heaviest fighting during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004.

Comments

  1. Sam Spicer    

    I like reading stories like this. Individuals taking it upon themselves to get veterans help and off the streets. We need to continue these efforts in other cities.

  2. Peter P. Martinez    

    Proud to be a veteran,keep up the great work

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