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Working Vets Face Homelessness | Durango, Colorado | Durango Herald

Handyman and Vietnam War veteran Chuck Oglesby works all he can and stays away from drugs and alcohol. He also is homeless.

“A lot of veterans housing is designed for guys with substance-abuse problems. Guys like me, who just can’t make enough for rent, tend to fall through the cracks,” he said.

The high number of veterans like Oglesby led the Regional Housing Alliance of La Plata County and the Volunteers of America to team up on a project to provide affordable housing for Durango’s low-income military veterans.

Last year, the Durango Community Shelter served 555 people, and 17 percent of them were veterans, said Volunteers of America division director Sarada Leavenworth. Many of those veterans, like many of her homeless clients, have jobs. They simply cannot afford Durango-area rents.

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via Durango Herald