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Cumberland County to celebrate housing for homeless veterans

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A ceremony scheduled for Cumberland County will celebrate an initiative aimed at finding housing for homeless veterans.

The county assisted in getting homes for 279 veterans, ending homelessness for local veterans. The milestone will be marked during a ceremony on Friday at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.

Laressa Witt, program manager for Family Endeavors’ Veteran Services, said there will always be homeless veterans in Cumberland County, but there are now the resources and coordinated system to transition homeless veterans into permanent housing within 30 days.

Since late 2014, the Fayetteville VAMC and Family Endeavors has targeted outreach activities to identify homeless veterans at shelters, feeding stations, the hospital, schools, churches, transitional housing, libraries and the police station. The outreach also extended to underpasses, bus stations, tent cities and wooded areas.

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