Apartments open in Colorado Springs for homeless and at risk veterans

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New apartments in Colorado Springs are helping homeless veterans transition into permanent housing.

It’s part of the Salvation Army’s Service-Intensive Transitional Housing program.

“Ending veterans homelessness should be a moral goal of every community and especially in Colorado Springs where we owe so much to our veterans,” said Mayor John Suthers of Colorado Springs.

By Monday the first veterans already moved in and soon the apartments on Galley Road and North Circle Drive will help 22 homeless or at risk veterans.

“Its only been a couple of days, but it’s been great… it’s really something that will help you in every aspect of staying on your feet,” said Mandrall Harris, a veteran who is staying at the apartments.

The program is one of three like it in Colorado and also offers veterans life skills, counseling and training, employment preparation, and assistance.

“You know this is a great Military community, great community for vets and it’s always been good, but this is the first time where they’ve actually had a program in place that really helps out the vets and this homeless problem,” said Harris.

The apartments allow veterans to stay 3-6 months, but in case they need it they can stay for up to two years.

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