There’s new hope for homeless veterans in Houston:

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) opened a 40-bed domiciliary residence for homeless veterans on June 30, 2008. The new facility, located at 7329 Fannin Street, features 14 apartments with kitchenettes and a 40-person dining facility.

“We are committed to the struggle against chronic homelessness among our nation’s veterans,” said Edgar L. Tucker, MEDVAMC director. “This new domiciliary residence is another way for the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center to bring veterans in need of assistance together with the wide range of programs and services VA provides.”

MEDVAMC’s Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (DCHV) Program provides medical care and rehabilitation services in a residential and therapeutic setting to eligible ambulatory veterans challenged by medical conditions, psychiatric disorders, or physical injuries who do not need hospitalization or nursing home care.

The opening ceremony occurs this morning but a few residents are already living in the complex:

Houston’s Veterans Affairs formally will open the short-term housing complex for 40 veterans during a ceremony this morning.

Eight veterans already have moved into their new quarters in the previously vacant apartment complex in the 7300 block of Fannin.

Applications to fill up the 14 units still are being accepted.

Residents must adhere to a strict regimen of group therapy, job training or other services tailored to their individual needs. They will be allowed to stay at the short-term facility for up to six months.

“It’s a treatment facility, it’s not a lodging facility,” said Sally Eddins, Houston VA’s domiciliary chief.

Sadly, veterans account for an estimated 25% of the nations homeless population.

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