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Dover Home a Transition Point for Homeless Veterans

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The front porch of the home for homeless veterans on S. Queen Street in Dover. (Photo: WBOC Nick Layman) The front porch of the home for homeless veterans on S. Queen Street in Dover. (Photo: WBOC Nick Layman)

DOVER, Del.- A Dover family has created a home for homeless veterans. 

Olivia Tue Smith, the landlord of the home, said her family is searching for veterans who are trying to achieve something with their lives, who need a transition point. 

Veterans living there will eventually transition out to their own place or to a new location on their own. 

"We want to give them the feeling that it's not over," she said. "There's a still a chance. And if they need help to reach their goals, we want to know what they want to do."

Brandt Tue, the project manager and a former Marine, said we owe it to the veterans. 

"My feeling is that these guys had gone, and they'd sacrificed their time, their life, everything. They've given their all to support the country," he said. 

The house is not just focused on being a shelter. It is focused on moving the veterans forward. 

Tue said there is a bulletin board near the bedrooms that displays resources that may be helpful to the veterans. 

The house itself had to be renovated. It was built in the 1940. Olivia Smith was born there.

"Many times I wanted to say let's just tear it down and forget about it," she said. "But there was something that just kept pushing me on. No, you've got to do this."

She said it was a lot of work and a lot of determination. Projects included redoing the flooring, moving the staircase from one room to the next and building a bathroom in existing downstairs space. 

There is currently one veteran living in the home. Smith said the home is taking applications and interested veterans in need of housing can call (302) 734-1286 or email vcots@comcast.net for more information. 

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