YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Valley leaders from both Trumbull and Mahoning counties met Monday to talk about how to better serve homeless veterans and their families.
It is part of a program called OneSource and the plan is to open two centers, one on Belmont Avenue in Youngstown and the other in the heart of Warren. Congressman Tim Ryan, D-Niles, was at the United Methodist Community Center in Youngstown Monday morning to talk about the services these centers will offer, including a quiet room, communications center and laundry area.
Those involved in the program said it will help them asses the needs of these vets and get them back on their feet.
“And we have to give back to them, they have been a service to us and that’s the least we can do is serve them,” United Methodist Veterans Program Coordinator Juanita Thompson said.
United Methodist is currently helping 200 homeless veterans, but more are out there.
There are about 40,000 veterans living in Trumbull and Mahoning counties.Ohio has the sixth-largest population of veterans in the nation.