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Homeless shelter for veterans dedicated in Harrisburg

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Local leaders held a special dedication for a new facility in Harrisburg aimed at helping our local veterans who are struggling.

The increasing number of homeless veterans is becoming a problem all across the country and in the Midstate.

It is estimated that one in 150 soldiers coming home from active duty will be come homeless. According to the American Legion, as many as 1,500 veterans live in Pennsylvania alone.

Saturday, the Pennsylvania American Legion and Harrisburg city officials were North Second Street to open the city's second homeless veterans shelter, which is one of seven shelters in the state.

The three-story home was donated by a Harrisburg family. It will become the home for nine veterans who have no place to live. The home is fully furnished, and has a brand-new roof.

Veterans will take turns cooking meals and cleaning the house.

The idea is to also provide a safe and clean environment for the veterans, while helping them become self-sufficient and ready to re-enter society on their own.

Local leaders said the shelter is the least they can give to those who gave their service to our country.

"The homes that we are dedicating here today stands as a symbol of hope for the 100's of brave men and women who at one time protected our home then sadly found themselves without one," said State Representative Sheryl Delozier, who represents the 88th District.

There are several factors that contribute to veteran homelessness, including poverty, lack of support from friends and family, and health issues that are sometimes a result of their service.

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