Three chronically homeless Veterans rebuild their lives by taking part in programs managed by the Housing Authority of SLC. It has adopted the Housing First model. which puts a roof over the heads of the homeless first, and then helps them solve other issues. Overall, the program’s success in reducing homelessness in SLC tops 70 percent.
Andrew Montoya, a US Army Veteran, explains how easy it can be to become homeless and how it can happen to anyone. He has had to deal with serious health problems recently, but managed to get a vehicle and is taking steps toward independence.
Toulon Mattox, a US Navy Veteran, tells how the program is helping him get back on his feet after he ran into trouble with the law. The program has helped him find the right routes to take as he gets back on track. Without the help, he just had doors slammed in his face, he said.
Kim Stuart, a US Army Veteran and recovering alcoholic, explains how much the staff at the Housing Authority of SLC has helped him since he left the shelter to start the program. It’s kind of like living with your parents, he said.
According to the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Nearly 40,000 Veterans in the U.S. are homeless on any given night. Nationally, about 11 percent of the homeless population is made up of Veterans, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
Since 2006, the SLC program has helped 839 chronically homeless people, including many Veterans, transition into permanent housing. That’s a participant success rate of more than 80 percent.
Since 2005, VA programs have reduced the number of homeless Veterans by 70 percent nationwide, according to US Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
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