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Struggling military vets need more support to access housing: North Island MP

Veterans struggling to find housing need more help from the government, says North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney.

Veterans Affairs Canada this week announced who will receive money this year from the $6 million Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund. Only $500,000 is targeted nationally towards veterans who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness.

“Anything that will help veterans have a safe place to live, I think we have to support,” she says. “My concern is that we’re not seeing a national strategy that really impacts people across the whole country.”

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Blaney, who serves as the NDP’s Veteran’s Affairs critic, says many vets struggling with housing try and go it alone, and a national strategy which engages their communities is needed to help them. She says out there are some individuals in her riding working to assist local vets, pointing to a program that has helped several vets keep their service dogs while accessing housing, but adds they need more support from the federal government.

She says there is also a growing need for programs that assist female veterans of the armed forces.

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