Officials Poised To Declare Success In Ending Veteran Homelessness

We're close to declaring an END to Veteran Homelessness in Philadelphia!

Charles Bouges shares his story of homelessness. (credit: Pat Loeb)

Charles Bouges shares his story of homelessness. (credit: Pat Loeb)

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - Former Army ranger Charles Bouges has an all-too-common story.

“I had a mishap, lost my job, lost my wife, went through depression, just kind of gave up and didn’t have a place to stay,” he says.

Bouges found himself on the street, contributing to the grim statistics on veteran homelessness.

Now, he is a symbol of success for a collaborative effort to end veteran homelessness. City, federal and non-profit officials say they are closing in on their goal and expect that by November 11th, this year, they will reach what they call “functional zero” for the number of veterans living on the street– a measure that takes into account that some veterans may drift into homelessness but the effort will insure they will be quickly moved into permanent housing..."

Check out the full article by Pat Loeb on CBS Philly: http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/08/04/officials-poised-to-declare-success-in-ending-veteran-homelessness