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Homeless Veteran Housing 

Hundreds of veterans are homeless in Maine, but six of them now have a place to call their own.A celebration was held in Oakland Tuesday at a newly renovated six unit apartment building that will house veterans who have lived on the streets for years, some for more than a decade.The project is a partnership between Community Housing of Maine and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Both agencies will continue to offer support services for the veterans.The Maine Housing Authority funded the project. “There are about 7500 people who have experienced homelessness in Maine in a given year, and 750 of those are veterans. “So we’ve got a long way to go to end homelessness, but we’re doing the right thing here and if you combine safe, stable housing with support services people are no longer homeless and they’re able to be part of the community,” Said Cullen Ryan, the Director of Community Housing of Maine.Recent studies show permanent supportive housing cuts down on costs associated with being homeless, including significant reductions in mental health services and incarceration.