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Transitional Housing Facility Proposed for Female Homeless Vets

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MILFORD, Del. - The Home of the Brave is an organization that was founded by a group of Vietnam veterans in Milford back in 1992 for one reason: To get veterans off the streets, and into homes. 

Now the organization is applying to expand their current campus even more, by opening another facility, catering towards female veterans, right next store. 

The facility is located on Sharps Road, a quiet, secluded back road, off of Route One. Executive Director of the organization Jessica Finan said the effort was all about helping an already vulnerable population. 

"They need the basics," she said. "They need a roof over their head. They need food. They need someone to help them with their resume building, with their job skills."

The Planning and Zoning Commission already voted to recommend approval on the application. County Council will have a Public Hearing of their own on Sept. 15. 

The organization already has a facility in downtown Milford, but Finan said moving to the Sharps location will help on two fronts. First of all, it would be on land that the organization, already owns. Second of all, she said it will help to have the two facilities so inter-connected. 

Finan said a major focus at the facility was dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, known as PTSD. However she said there was also a problem, with the less known "Military Sexual Trauma," known as MSA. 

"It can be anywhere from unwanted sexual advances to actual rape," Finan said. "It runs the whole gamut. And that's something that a lot of people don't talk about. Just like talking about domestic violence and sexual assault in normal populations. It's kind of pushed under the rug as well."

According to the Homeless Planning Council, there are 57 homeless veterans in Sussex County, 36 homeless veterans in Kent County, and 184 homeless veterans in New Castle County. 

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