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Central Minnesota declares effective end to veteran homelessness

The Central Minnesota Continuum of Care will declare an effective end to veteran homelessness in Central Minnesota 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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ST. CLOUD — A Tuesday event will recognize a declaration to the effective end of veteran homelessness in central Minnesota.

The celebration of the milestone will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9 in the Municipal Athletic Complex, 5001 Veterans Drive, St. Cloud. Featured will be elected officials and veteran homelessness advocates, including Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Herke, Minnesota Housing Commissioner Jennifer Ho, St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis and Central Minnesota Continuum of Care Coordinator Tim Poland.

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed the Central Minnesota Continuum of Care built infrastructure and put systems in place to ensure any veteran experiencing homelessness in the region will get the support they need to quickly obtain a permanent home, a news release stated.

Working to end veteran homelessness does not mean that another veteran will not experience homelessness in Central Minnesota, the release stated. Instead, the declaration means the community has access to a homeless response system to prevent a veteran from becoming homeless whenever possible, and any homeless experience is rare, brief and one time.

The Central Minnesota Continuum of Care includes Benton, Cass, Chisago, Crow Wing, Isanti, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright counties.

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Veterans and their families may visit MinnesotaVeteran.org or call 1-888-LinkVet (546-5838) for more information about benefits.

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