Boston Celebrates New Housing For Homeless Veterans

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Sixteen homeless veterans have a new place to call home in Boston.

Sixteen homeless veterans have a new place to call home in Boston.

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BOSTON (CBS) – Just in time for the Veterans Day weekend, sixteen homeless veterans have a new place to call home.

The Pine Street Inn renovated an old house on Hartford Street and is now providing transitional housing for the vets.

Lyndia Downey, President and Executive Director of the Pine Street Inn, says veterans are a vulnerable population.

“Veterans are seven times more likely to become homeless than someone from the general population. When veterans become homeless, they stay homeless on average 20 percent longer than non-vets. They often have more medical and other disabilities to deal with. It’s really concerning,” she told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunniciffe. “We need to do more of this because they had our back; we need to have their back.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Kim Tunnicliffe reports

Mayor Menino says the city owes it to veterans to take care of them.

“I really believe that our veterans deserve more than our thanks, they deserve our support. In Boston, more than 60 percent of adults living in homeless shelters and transitional programs are veterans. That is unacceptable,” said Menino.

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