Generally speaking, most people would agree that veterans who have risked their lives fighting for the country deserve to live a happy and safe live for what they’ve done. That’s how things should be, right?
Unfortunately, things are not always as they should. The number of those who have served in the armed forces who are now homeless or living without proper accommodation is alarmingly high.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, there are approximately 50,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. Many of these veterans suffer from post-traumatic stress as a result of their experience in combat.
There’s some good news, though. The number of veterans living on the streets has decreased in the last few years thanks national efforts to deal with this issue, and thanks to projects like this one.
Philadelphia is known as one of the leading states that have managed to achieve impressive results in combating homelessness. One of the most recent projects they are working on involves turning a building that was unoccupied for more than 30 years into an apartment center for homeless veterans.
The project has a $14.5 million budget, of which $13.7 million has already been raised thanks to private donations.
The building, an old school, will be able to accommodate veterans and other people with low-income. The 37 apartment units will be equipped with all necessary amenities so that those who live there can lead a decent life.
What do you think about this project? Do you believe it to be a good idea?