August 28, 2017 4:26 pm
Updated: August 31, 2017 3:19 pm

Short-term housing to be available for veterans in Halifax

From left, Debbie Lowther and Jim Lowther of VETS Canada, Rebekah Brounstein with the Salvation Army Halifax Centre of Hope, and Maj. Vaden Vincent with the Salvation Army stand in one of the units for veterans.

Salvation Army Maritime Division

Two short-term accessible housing units will soon be made available in Halifax to help support veterans who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces or the RCMP.

The pilot project is being made available through a partnership with VETS Canada and The Salvation Army Centre of Hope. It’s considered the first of its kind in Atlantic Canada and is in response to the ongoing concern for homeless veterans.

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“VETS Canada is excited to be working with The Salvation Army on this project—the potential impact is overwhelming,” said Jim Lowther, VETS Canada co-founder in a news release.

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“At VETS Canada, our work is firmly planted in the belief that the men and women who protected our homes should never be without one, which is the foundation of this project.”

The project is said to use a transformational approach — which quickly accommodates individuals with housing and connects them with community-based supports in an effort to secure a long-term housing solution.

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“The Salvation Army is thrilled to come alongside VETS Canada to help make transitional housing for Veterans possible,” said Major Vaden Vincent, executive director for the Centre of Hope.

“With partnerships like this, we are providing much-needed services to vulnerable people in our communities, while giving hope to those who need it most.”

As of Monday, one veteran has been housed in one of the units.

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