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Palm Beach Co. working to get homeless veterans off the street

Posted at 7:15 PM, Jan 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-04 07:10:50-05

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.  — Palm Beach County is launching an ambitious program to help get homeless veterans off the street.

"Our challenge is about providing services on our streets, housing is just a part of that,” Wendy Tippet, the county’s Human Services director said during a Thursday afternoon news conference.

The plan is to have county workers reach out over the next 111 days to homeless veterans with housing, food and job assistance.

“There’s a lot of us out there,” said David Freed, an Air Force veteran who is now living at the Stand Down housing facility in Lake Worth.

The most recent estimate indicates as many as 130 homeless veterans are in Palm Beach County.

Physical and mental issues and the lack of affordable housing in South Florida are just some of the reasons veterans are homeless.

“I don't care how low we get, we're still soldiers,” says Marine veteran Herman Jones.