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ND Exceeds Housing Goal for Military Veterans


Tuesday, February 14, 2023   

North Dakota has met a goal to provide stable housing to military veterans. It coincides with success at the national level amid lingering challenges for former service members experiencing homelessness. The Department of Veterans Affairs says more than 40,000 veterans secured permanent housing last year, topping a nationwide goal of 38,000. Under the plan, North Dakota's goal was 136, and Community Action Partnership said they successfully helped nearly 150 individuals.

Max Pontenila, a case manager with Community Action Partnership's Minot Region, said the nonprofit works alongside the VA to assist Veterans in need, and said there has been a greater emphasis on tracking.

"Making sure that we categorize the right person at the right time if 'Hey, we paid for their hotel the night prior, or they stayed in the shelter the night prior.' So, that checks the box of them being homeless," Pontenila said.

He added the group also did more targeted outreach with landlords willing to take a chance on veterans with past issues. Pontenila acknowledged there are still barriers for these individuals and the agencies assisting them on the housing front, including lack of access to mental health providers, making it harder for a client to resolve behavioral health issues as they go through the housing process.

Carmel Froemke, statewide programs director for Community Action Partnership of North Dakota, said the lack of affordable housing and more vigorous screening from providers create other barriers, but added groups working with the VA are focused on being creative to get around those challenges.

"Getting people reconnected with family members, getting them treatment as soon as possible for their addictions," Froemke said.

A partnership with legal aid workers to help these veterans resolve any court-related matters that would appear on a housing application also aims to help. The groups involved say there is more work to do, especially with President Joe Biden's pledge to reduce homelessness by 25% by 2025.

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