"The homeless problem is really starting to grow. Its been there for a long time obviously, but we anticipate thats going to get more," he said.
About 21 veterans moved into the facility last week...with more on the way. For organizers, the goal is to provide not only shelter, but sustainance.
"They have two years to work in the program and theyll be able to get vocational training, employment training and support and really get back on their feet and going in the right direction that they need to," Byrd continued.
As soon as you walk in, you realize the place is nothing like a shelter. Organizers spent alot of time adding simple, yet elegant touches to make sure this isnt just a place to live, but home.
Home is a word Gulf War vet Elton Weaver is trying to get used to. For 35 years, hes battled the cycle of homelessness.
"In 91, i got out and been kind of straggling around in the world until I got connected to the VA and got into their program," he said.
Weaver says he still has alot to accomplish, but finally doesnt have to worry about the big stuff.
"Its Heaven-sent here...to have cool air, a cook that cooks." "And if you werent here?", we asked. "I might not even be alive. I dont even know where Id be right now," he replied.
The Veterans Home is expected to add another 19 residents next week. To find out you can get involved in the program, contact the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.