Retired veteran to offer free accommodations to homeless vets
A retired member of the Canadian Forces is hoping to give back to his fellow soldiers in a big way, especially those in crisis or without a home.
Michael Tait has purchased a multi-unit apartment building in Saint John, where he plans to offer free accommodations to homeless veterans and members who still serve.
“I know how many homeless vets there are here in Canada, or near homeless,” Tait said. “Basically, you know, going in debt further and further while they still occupy a house.”
He also wants to offer veterans a job at the shelter in hopes he can help them transition into civilian life.
“[For someone who] just needs that boost to get a job so they can put it on a resume and say ‘I was superintendent at Mike Tait’s Homeless Shelter, or whatever,” Tait said.
“Just get them some experience, stuff to put on a resume.”
Right now Tait is acting as a lone wolf, but his project has caught the attention of VETS Canada, which aids vets in crisis. Its president says it’s something that could work.
“There’s a lot of questions that need to be asked first, but it’s one of those things where if it’s a positive thing we’re going to look into it,” said Jim Lowther.
Lowther says there are also other organizations which may be able to get involved and help with the housing project.
“There’s also the Royal Canadian Legion that we could hook him up with,” Lowther said. “Other NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and partners, but again, if it’s something that’s going to help our vets it’s a positive thing as far as I’m concerned.”
Tait, who was born in Ontario but spent time in Saint John through CFB Gagetown, says he chose the port city out of a love for New Brunswick.
He currently lives in Ecuador with his wife Amanda.
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