Challenge Accepted to Help End Veteran Homelessness

Oakland County, Mich. has accepted the 100-Day Challenge to stamp out veteran homelessness, County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced in a press release.

Veterans’ Services Division kicked off the challenge Wednesday, November 19.

Veterans make up less than eight percent of the population, but represent 16 percent of homeless adults, according to the U.S. government. Oakland County Veterans’ Services Division will partner with the county Health Division’s Homeless Healthcare Collaborative, Detroit VA Healthcare System, Michigan Works!, Treatment and Training Innovations, Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency and Community Housing Network to eliminate veteran homelessness in Oakland County by March 1, 2015.

Patterson is asking veterans or individuals who know of a veteran who is homeless or at risk of homelessness to call one of Oakland County’s veterans’ benefits counselors. The numbers are 248- 858-0785 or 248-655-1250.

“We owe a debt to all of our veterans. I’m counting on residents to join our efforts to ensure every veteran in Oakland County has a place to call home,” Patterson said.

For more information, go to www.oakgov.com/veterans. Veterans and their family members may drop in without an appointment at either Veterans’ Services Division location:

South Oakland Office Building | Entrance B       1151 Crooks Road, Troy

North Office Building 26E | Second Floor            1200 N. Telegraph Road, Pontiac

About Oakland County Veterans’ Services Division

Oakland County Veterans’ Services has been providing Oakland County veterans and their families with professional veterans’ benefits advocacy and assistance for over 60 years. It has a staff of highly trained and accredited veterans’ benefits counselors who are dedicated to ensuring that the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans are recognized, and that they and their families receive all veterans’ benefits to which they are entitled. Its goal is to obtain the maximum veterans’ benefits available for its clients through professionalism and advocacy while making the process as simple and understandable as possible. As a division of Oakland County government, it provides these services free of charge.

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