Kitsap launches project to house homeless veterans

PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) — Kitsap County is looking to end homelessness for veterans by next Veterans Day.

The Kitsap Sun reports that a coalition of agencies has created the "Homes For all Who Served" project to house dozens of former service members.

A recent survey found 45 veterans living in conditions not suitable for humans in the county. During a Sept. 26 event at Kitsap Pavilion, 52 veterans said they were homeless. Officials say it is hard to tell how many homeless veterans actually reside in the county.

The project improves coordination among organizations with resources coming from the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Kitsap housing and social service providers.

The county has also launched a program that pays landlords who rent to veterans.