Hearing explores fate of homeless veterans

    Homeless veterans and those who help them told a US Senate hearing in Philadelphia today that more needs to be done to bring veterans in from the street.

    Homeless veterans and those who help them told a U.S. Senate hearing in Philadelphia today that more needs to be done to bring veterans in from the street.

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    U.S. Senator Arlen Specter heard from homeless veterans and people charged with finding permanent residences for the more than 130,000 vets who do not have homes. Senator Specter says five years is too long to wait when it comes to finding housing for those who served.

    Specter: I think any veterans on the street any are too many and we ought to do it as fast as we can and we’re going to follow up and see if the funding is adequate and if there should be additional congressional help.

    Formerly homeless veterans told the committee that federal programs had helped them get off the street. But people who work with veterans say it can be tough getting people to come in from the street, particularly when they are mentally ill. Ultimately, success depends on having enough money for adequate housing and mental health care for veterans.

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