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More houses for homeless veterans

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Many homeless veterans will soon be able to say they have a home in Amarillo.

The City of Amarillo is going to receive more than $100,000 to house a total of 70 veterans this year, that's 20 more than last year. The Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing or VASH program can help dozens more like Leroy Jupe.

Jupe's currently disabled. He served in the military during the Vietnam War, and suffers from PTSD. He says, "I lost two of my friends over there in Vietnam. And I'd seen their bodies taken off. And that didn't help me none either."

Jupe was homeless for 8 years in Amarillo and has now been living at Another Chance House for almost a year. He says, "I love it here. I've got my own duplex now. And I can't do much, but what I do do, I try to do by myself."

The city provides housing and the local VA offers benefits and social services to provide stability to veterans.

Another Chance House in Amarillo, which is contracted by the VA, says vets are given up to $450 a month making sure they have enough money to pay all their bills.

They currently have 14 vets living there thanks to the VASH program through the Housing and Urban Development.

Amarillo's Another Chance House Office Manager Bobby Nixon says, "We are actively seeking to acquire more property, which is adjacent to our existing property. And if we can do that, then that opens up the avenue to be able to build more duplexes for veterans. It's very vital in just making them know that they are loved, and that they are cared for."

If you know anyone who's a homeless veteran in need of assistance, you can refer them to Amarillo's VA hospital.

 

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.