Alabama’s homeless veterans: Army vet says struggle brought him ‘closer to God’
By J.D. Crowe
July 7, 2019
“Being homeless is an isolated experience. A close relationship to God makes all the difference.”Homeless. Veteran. These two words don’t belong together. How could someone who is willing to die for their country wind up on the streets, kicked to the curb after their service?
“Is that what you want people to know about you?” I asked.
“It’s what I want people to know about the Lord.”
How many homeless veterans are in Alabama? I want to draw them all – or as many as possible - and let them tell their stories.
According to an AL.com report in 2018 citing the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development study, there were 339 homeless veterans in Alabama. Of those, 52 were in the Mobile area. So, it makes sense to start locally.
Those numbers are in flux, of course. Thanks to organizations like Housing First, since last July 151 homeless veterans in the Mobile and Eastern Shore area have been identified and transitioned into apartments.
To kick off this project, we talked with four of these Housing First veterans. We hope their stories will inspire more homeless and formerly homeless veterans to come forward with their stories. (See the video in the story below.)
In the meantime, I’m gonna be searching, listening, learning and sketching.
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