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Oct 17, 2011 5:24 PM by Matt Stafford

VA adding nearly $1M to help CO homeless vets; HQ in CO Springs

A nearly $1 million grant from Veterans Affairs is going towards helping homeless vets across Colorado.

Homes for All Veterans is putting their headquarters in Colorado Springs; mainly because of the large numbers of veterans in the Pikes Peak region. They're a part of Denver Options, a group that uses public grant money to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Homes for All Veterans is already working with homeless veterans, and those on the verge of being homeless. They say they're seeing once a stable home environment is set up for a lot of these homeless vets, the rest begins to fall into place afterwards; that's the start to regaining stability in their lives.

"When you're going for a job search, and you're having difficulty maintaining clean clothes, you don't have a place to shower; imagine going for a job interview and being sure if you're going to be able to get a shower beforehand," says Program Director Dee Drake. "Those put up little barriers for the ability to do the thing that are going to get you back on your feet."

They're hoping this grant will initially let them work across the state for four years.

We'll have more on this program, and the grant money, Monday evening on News 5. For more on Homes for All Veterans, click here.

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