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Mailbox outside Home of the Brave facility shows they serve all military. (Photo: WBOC) Mailbox outside Home of the Brave facility shows they serve all military. (Photo: WBOC)

MILFORD, Del.- Approximately 60 people gathered Wednesday for the ceremonious groundbreaking for a new transitional housing facility for women in Milford. The new Home of The Brave facility, which will be located adjacent to the current facility for men on Sharps Road, would replace their former rented facility on Causey Avenue in downtown Milford. 

Executive Director Jessica Finan said the new facility will offer the basics such as food and shelter. But she said it would also offer necessary services like treatment for mental health issues.

"They're fighting for our country," she said. "And if they're homeless, I just see that as unacceptable. Obviously they need to be housed and we need to give them the tools to get back on their feet." 

Finan said that they are hoping to have the facility up and running by spring of 2016. Inside, the facility would house up to eight women at one time. Housing facilities like these differ from homeless shelters, because they allow for longer stays, often years at a time, whereas shelters are for emergency support. 

Home of the Brave started in 1992, when eight Vietnam veterans got together to discuss the problem of veteran homelessness. Since then, the group has grown tremendously.

At the ACE Center in Seaford, former homeless veterans Jonathan Mathies and Robert Spadaccini are talking about the new facility. Both have become advocates, since escaping homelessness.

"It's not easy," said Mathies. "It makes you feel lower than low." 

Mathies said that returning from a war can be a difficult process, conducive to falling into a cycle of homelessness. According to the Homeless Planning Council, there are currently 57 homeless veterans in Sussex County, 36 in Kent County, and 184 in New Castle County. 

"There's very few places for people to get help to get off the streets. So it's very important," Mathies said. 

Spadaccini said a place like Home of the Brave can be crucial for a veteran to transition back to civilian life. 

"They offer that community," he said. "They offer somebody to watch your back." 

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