Helping Homeless Vets

By Ana Rivera |

Published 07/17 2014 11:20PM

Updated 07/17 2014 11:23PM

While some may be looking for housing downtown Utica, there's many who don’t            have anywhere to call home.

On Thursday, homeless military veterans getting some help from the Central New York Veterans Outreach Center.

The center, along with Mayor Robert Palmieri announcing new resources available for homeless vets in Utica.  All made possible through a grant from the Department of Veteran Affairs.  The goal - simply to end veteran homelessness altogether.

"Being on the streets is hard.  You know, I don’t know day to day where my next meal is coming from, where am I going in my head.  For a while I was going house to house and for anybody, not just veterans, but anybody, that’s no way to live, especially when it’s not your own place," says Adam Smith, homeless veteran.

With help from the Veterans Outreach Center, Smith is living in a new apartment   and getting help finding a job.  The center helps up to sixty homeless vets each month.

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