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      Program hopes to end homelessness among veterans

      A veteran's risk of homelessness is twice that of the general population, according to the National Center on Homelessness.

      A veteran's risk of homelessness is twice that of the general population, according to the National Center on Homelessness.

      One program is trying to put that to an end in Northern Michigan.

      Supportive Services for Veteran Families helps veterans with things like rent, child care, getting rides to work and almost anything that helps a veteran avoid being homeless.

      A grant provided by the Department of Veteran's Affairs has allowed SSVF to start six offices in 22 counties.

      The program also helps veterans with other struggles they may face in their daily lives.

      "We here at the community action agency say there??s no judgment. I mean we help anyone who comes through our doors if we are able too," says Veteran Housing Resource Specialist of Traverse City Brian Maiszak.

      SSVF served more than 200 veterans last year and are hoping to help more.

      If you or someone you know needs help please call:

      Traverse City 800-632-73343963 Three Mile Rd.Traverse City, MI 49686

      Petoskey 800-443-55182202 Mitchell Park, Suite 4Petoskey, MI 49770

      Cadillac 800-443-22971640 Marty Paul Ave.Cadillac, MI 49601