Mayor Fischer says hundreds of Louisville vets are no longer homeless
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of veterans in Louisville are no longer homeless.
Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that 360 veterans who were living on the streets now have permanent homes.
The mayor accepted First Lady Michelle Obama's challenge to end the problem in 2014. The city found homes for all the homeless vets who were identified that year, and put a system in place to help those who move to Louisville in the future.
One thankful vet says it's given him more than a place to live.
"I had an addiction that I'd had for over 20 years, and by getting into the system and the support and by taking advantage of all that you had to offer, I am now a homeowner," said Ed Dowlen, a former homeless veteran.
Louisville is also launching the "Week of Valor" -- a week of events designed to honor and celebrate veterans.
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