Project hopes to get homeless veterans back on their feet

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Homelessness is a huge problem in Phoenix. One group makes up a good chunk of that population, and one project hopes to get those people back on their feet again.

The ground is shifting when it comes to our Valley veterans being out on the street.

"We have a lot of folks living on the streets right here every single night, we know that, we did surveys, and the goal of Madison Pointe is to provide housing for our veterans and their families," said City Councilman Tom Simplot at Thursday's ground breaking.

Currently, Valley veterans make up about 1,000 people who sleep on the streets on a nightly basis.

The problem is not affecting just older vets.

"Most young soldiers or Marines are married and have a young family, and so we need to address the entire family to ensure that the family and the veterans don't fall victim to homelessness," said Col. Joey Strickland of the Arizona Department of Veterans' Services.

Madison Pointe hopes to address the problem head-on.

"You've got a comfortable place for himself, his family, his children... it will be 1, 2, 3 bedroom community center, it will be gated, it will be private and it will be a place that offers him and his family or her and her family a sense of dignity," Strickland said.

"We are seeing more and more of this exact sort of project with services for our veterans so they can cope with the day to day issues to keep them employed, healthy and productive," he said.

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