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Milford Home to Offer Homeless Female Vets Shelter

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MILFORD, Del.- A Sussex County non-profit wants to help the growing number of homeless female veterans.

Home of The Brave will soon sign a lease agreement with God's Way To Recovery, located along Causey Avenue in Milford, to house up to eight homeless female vets.

Carrie Wood and her husband Roger are putting the final touches on the three-story home. The work is nearly complete.

Workers at Home of the Brave tried to open a facility for homeless female vets in 2012, but that request was denied due to zoning issues and concerned neighbors.

"When I found out that wasn't going to work out for them I was approached by people from God's Way that this would be a great opportunity," said Roger Wood, founder of God's Way To Recovery.
Wood said the home once housed homeless men. He said the men have since obtained jobs, moved out and moved on with their lives.

According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, 141,000 veterans nationwide spent at least one night in a shelter in 2011. Nearly 10 percent were women. That's up from 7.5 percent in 2009.   

"Women and children that are homeless are definitely on the rise. That is what we've seen in our ministry," said Carrie Wood.   
   
Some in the community say while the Woods are doing a good deed, homeless male vets need help too.

"There's a lot of men that are homeless. It may not be down there (at God's Way), but they are homeless. Why? That's my question. Why? And where's the help? We did what we were supposed to do. We went out and did what they asked us to do. Why can't that love be returned," said Lionel Hinton, a Vietnam Veteran.

"We all should reach out in any way we can to help the people that served this country," said Roger Wood.

Repairs are expected to be complete by October. Vets can likely move in sometime in October or November.

Roger Wood said he welcomes the help to get God's Way To Recovery spruced up for homeless female vets.

For more information, call 302-422-3033.

For more information on where to get help for homeless veterans, contact the following resources:

HUD Help hotline - 1 (800) 464-4357
U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs - 1 (877) 424-3838 or log onto www.va.gov
Home of the Brave, Milford, Del. -   302-424-1681
Interfaith Community Housing of Delaware - 302-652-3991 or log onto www.ichde.org

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