The Wisconsin Veterans Housing and Recovery Program is opening soon in Green Bay to help veterans facing homelessness get a fresh start in life.
The program was created by the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, and runs in three other parts of the state. Green Bay will be the fourth location to have the program.
This program gives veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness their own rooms rent-free.
It also provides counseling for drug or alcohol dependency, and for mental health issues.
“We’ll bring in various treatment programs, for instance, art therapy is one, music,” Ken Grant, division administrator for the division of veterans services with WDVA, said. “We’ll work with the local [programs] here in Green Bay, they offer various courses for veterans and so forth, so we bring all those wrap-around services to the veteran to help them get healthy again.”
The ultimate goal is to help veterans become employed or enroll in social security and veterans disability programs, and find permanent housing.
“I thought I would give this a chance, sort of as a safety net, before I get a job and somewhere to live in the area,” Pemberton said.
The facility still needs to go through inspections before it can start welcoming veterans in, with a target date of late November.
“We take someone that’s just about given up, or in many cases, have given up, they’ll come in here with maybe a garbage bag full of their clothes, and that’s all they have and their life is in tatters…we actually build them back up,” Grant said. “And the other nice thing about these programs, their among other veterans that they can lean on…and that means so much for them, that they’re not by themselves, that there’s actually people that care about them. And that’s what this program’s all about.”