CHESTER COUNTY -Center helped veterans find housing


WEST CHESTER - More than 100 veterans in Chester County are no longer homeless after a tri-county push to find permanent housing for veterans.


Earlier this year, Chester County committed to housing 100 veterans in 100 days. It placed 102 veterans in homes between March 17 and June 27, the county announced last week.


Montgomery County, which initially pledged to house 15 veterans, housed 30. Delaware County, which said it would house 36, housed 18 veterans, said Maura Gillen, a deputy executive director at the Veterans Multi-Service Center.


The center is headquartered in Philadelphia, but its Operating Base Cecelia is in Coatesville and serves the suburban counties.


William Griffin, an Army veteran, is living in a one-bedroom apartment in Coastesville thanks to the housing inititative. Griffin, 50, lived in his car for a few weeks after he got hurt at work and lost his income. "If it wasn't for this program, I would be homeless," he said. "I don't know what I would do."


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Anonymous - Philadelphia, PA

"I am the wife of a Viet Nam Veteran. My husband started going to PVMSEC 10 years ago for help. No mere words could ever express how much his life and in turn our family life has changed for the better in those years. I am and always will be grateful for the wonderful care he has received at the Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service Center & Education Center."

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