City program helps house 860 homeless veterans

City program helps house 860 homeless veterans

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The city gave a special mahalo to members of the community Tuesday, for helping to house hundreds of Hawaii's homeless veterans.

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell joined housing and Veterans Affairs officials to thank 20 landlords for taking part in a successful Heroes Housing Heroes program.

As a result, a total of 860 homeless veterans were able to find housing.

"I didn't know when we got into it. You go step by step by step, and I was lost 'cause I was mentally ill, and by going by step in the program, it got me to where I'm at right now," said James Norman, a former homeless veteran.

The City said 93 vets who currently have vouchers in place do not have homes and that they are working to get more landlords on board to get those services in place.

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