Interlink to provide permanent residence for homeless veterans
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local treatment center is seeking to provide a permanent home for homeless veterans in Kentuckiana.
Interlink Counseling Services provides both treatment and a temporary homes for local veterans, but now the organization is trying to find them a more permanent place to live once they leave here for good.
"I've actually been homeless since around 2002," said homeless veteran Drew Debolt.
After several years on the street, the Army veteran found his way to Interlink where he has been treated for his alcohol and drug addictions.
But now, like everyone else who goes through the program, Debolt is ready to transition out.
"Being on my own finally, I feel I've got my head together enough to where that I can actually keep it, not just to get somewhere but to actually maintain it."
Interlink is trying to raise money to turn a building in west Louisville into apartment units for Debolt and other homeless veterans transitioning out of the program.
"Our goal is to open up 20 units, support permanent housing where the veterans can go and stay and also still get the additional support from Interlink," said Tim White, the Residential Director at Interlink.
White says that additional support is crucial and without it, statistics show the veterans will likely end up back on the street.
"A lot of guys will do well here and once they transition out, if they don't have that additional piece of the case management and somebody supporting them, they tend to start to struggle," White said.
"Well, I'm excited as far as getting my own place," Debolt said.
Debolt is clearly excited about having his own place, but also likes the fact that he will still be connected to Interlink.
"It's just like that family base, I guess something where you know that's always there."
Interlink is still trying to secure all of the funding, but the goal is to move the first veterans in to the apartments by May.
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