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“A veterans outreach program would be wonderful. So many are homeless and alone.” — Donna Robbins
Local veterans who are currently homeless do have options available to them within Hillsborough County.
Here in Plant City, veterans can visit the Bing Rooming House Museum, 205 S. Allen St., between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Wednesday to learn which services and benefits are available to them. George Hampton, a VA counselor, works with clients for free to help them take advantage of programs veterans may not know they’re eligible for. You can either walk in or call 813-704-5800 to set up an appointment.
The Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative has compiled a list of resources available to homeless veterans that includes addiction counseling, employment, health care, housing, benefits linkage, emergency homelessness shelters and more. Its website, thhi.org/veterans, has a wealth of resources and information that could be useful for homeless veterans, whether that’s you or someone you know.