Only in America are there more abandoned homes than there are homeless people. According Wiscontext.org The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development counted 6,057 homeless people in Wisconsin in 2015, of those, 1,521 were in Milwaukee County. Now,its looking like there will be more out on the streets.
Just this past week, a letter from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs released Friday announced that federal funding for Cottage 16, which houses 28 homeless veterans in Union Grove, Wisconsin has been eliminated and that it will close in 2018.
“As part of an ongoing evolution of federal housing programs, federal funding has been eliminated for our Veteran Housing and Recovery Programs (VHRPs) at King and Union Grove,” the letter reads.
“Current King and Union Grove funding ends in September 2017. If needed to ensure a smooth transition, WDVA will fund King and Union Grove thru (sic) December 2017. Although we thoroughly examined the possibility, WDVA solely funding King and Union Grove beyond 2017 is not feasible.“
Devastating to the public, the homeless veterans and faculty, a moment of disbelief to the new change was shared between the residents.
“We are all speechless,” said one of the veterans, Kelly Manderfield, who lives in Cottage 16. “There are people here that need this place so bad. It helps out everybody.”
These veterans have served our country which resulted in a few of the residents having post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Cottage 16 is a place where the veterans have a secured place to live, and food to eat. These veterans anticipate getting on their feet while at the same time being in the comfort of a facility that constitutes as a temporary home.
“It’s kind of devastating because there is talk about ending homelessness for vets and now they are closing down these programs. I don’t know beyond Wisconsin how far the cuts are going but it’s not good,” Manderfield said.
Although the words of some are counted on by others, it is solely the actions that are to be considered. In this case it will be these veterans who will be required to leave what they know as home and find a place of residency elsewhere.
Sources: Tim Elliot (WISN ABC News)