Homeless vets topic for council committee

WARREN — A group providing temporary housing and counseling for homeless veterans has 11 of 24 apartments available in the Riverside Apartments at 700 Buckeye St. NW.

Veteran’s Haven will be the focus of a Warren City Council engineering committee meeting scheduled at 4 p.m. today at the city’s municipal building. Brandi Parker, program manager of Veteran’s Haven, has been providing counseling and temporary housing assistance for military veterans for about six years.

Councilman John Brown, D-3rd Ward, himself a military veteran, said the need for programs to assist homeless veterans is significant.

“Most people don’t know the level of need for housing and counseling for veterans in the community,” he said “This program is helping male and female eligible veterans obtain housing, including providing furniture and the counseling services that may help them to permanently transition to someplace where they can live.”

The Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority apartments are in the Riverside Apartments. Participants must be at least 55 years old, a veteran who served active duty and their income must be within the same low-income guidelines as others seeking these TMHA apartments.

Those interested in the program must be able to participate for six to nine months.

“Our goal is to help veterans get back on their feet,” Parker said. “We provide a variety of counseling services.

“We serve any U.S. veteran with an honorable and with other than honorable discharges,” Parker said. “We’ve been in Warren for six years and are the only organization of this type in Ohio.”

Veteran’s Haven is a program of Family and Community Services Inc., which is based in Ravenna.

“There are an estimated 500,000 homeless people in the U.S., and about 11 percent of those are veterans,” Parker said.

The transition in place program, also known as TIP, provides housing to the veterans while they are obtaining treatment.

“In other programs, the veterans have to complete their counseling before being provided housing options,” Parker said. “We have Veterans Administration liaisons available to meet with participants once a week and VA nurses available at least every two weeks.”

For information, call 330-409-9139.