LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has proposed an aggressive idea to get homeless veterans off the street in Louisville by the end of the year.

The announcement Tuesday was not the start of the plan, as work has been going on for months to get the project moving.

Mayor Fischer and the Coalition for the Homeless have a detailed plan to find permanent housing for 360 homeless vets, 15 local agencies have already raised nearly $10 million for the effort.

The plan includes substance abuse counseling, debt management, funding for housing needs and many other efforts to help homeless vets get back on their feet.

"It's not just a hand-out but a hand-up to a better quality of life, a better way of life and you know what? It's just the right thing to do," said Kentucky Veterans Affairs Commissioner Heather French Henry. "They served us, it's time for us to serve them."

The project is called Rx: Housing Veterans the local initiative of the national campaign to end veteran homelessness called Zero 2016.

Mayor Fischer said the effort doesn't take away from others facing homelessness in the community.

He says the ultimate goal is to house every homeless person who wants housing.

Monetary donations are needed, especially for furniture and household items like sheets, dishes and deposits for new apartments.

Monetary donations can be sent to the Louisville Community Foundation, 325 West Main Street #1110, Louisville, KY 40202, (502) 585-4649. For questions or to get involved in other ways, contact The Coalition for the Homeless at (502) 636-9550.

To learn more about Rx: Housing Veterans and to see the detailed plan, visit www.louhomeless.org or www.louisvilleky.gov.

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