Homeless veteran gets a place to call home

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - More than 300 local veterans have a place to call home, because of a partnership between the Augusta Warrior Project and the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority.

For four years, Daniel Edwards served in Marine Corps.

"It was an amazing experience," Edwards said. "Something I'll never regret doing."

About a year ago, Edwards said the unthinkable happened.

"I never though I'd be homeless, but it's the situation that happened," Edwards said. "I was struggling to find work, I couldn't keep a roof over my head, I couldn't keep a stable environment. Then, I reached out to the Warrior Project and they helped him out immensely."

The Augusta Warrior Project teamed up with the CSRA Equal Opportunity Authority and Goodwill to provide local veterans with benefits they may be qualified for, housing, and jobs.

"We've helped 114 stay in their homes, because they had evictions, so we provided support so they wouldn't lose housing," said Lynda Barrs, with the CSRA EOA. "We've provided 199 veterans and their families with what we call rapid rehousing. That means we house them and support them for a number of months."

Just two months ago, Edwards was in a homeless shelter, and now, he's able to start over.

"They helped me with finding a home, they reached out to Goodwill with the job search, they've reached out and helped me pay utilities and they paid all the down payment to get into the apartment," said Edwards.

He has a message for any veteran in the area that needs help.

"If you're a homeless veteran, reach out to the Augusta Warrior Project because they will help you," Edwards said. "That's what they're there for. There's no reason to be in a shelter or living on the streets."

Edwards says they helped him, and they'll help any veteran in need.

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