Homeless women vets get new wing

The ribbon has been cut and doors are open at the Building 9 Women Veterans Wing at the Building 9 for Veterans Transitional Housing Program in Port Orchard.

"Although we have always served women veterans at Building 9, we saw a need for them to have additional privacy and more security in the building," said Building 9 Project Specialist Melissa Duffy. "So our team worked together to create a women's wing complete with a beautiful sitting room."  

This expanded wing in the Building 9 Transitional Housing Program will provide transitioning homeless female veterans with the privacy and space they need.

The Building 9 Veterans Transitional Housing Program is a 60-bed transitional housing facility available to assist veterans in need of stable housing, vocational rehabilitation and increased income potential.

Veterans participating in the Building 9 program are surrounded with supportive staff and services designed to assist and lead them to productive completion of the program and ultimately a successful return to the community.

"I am really excited about this program," Duffy said. "It makes me proud to see so many clients and individuals willing to put in so much effort and come together to accomplish this."  

Other Building 9 facility services include case management, mental health services, an on-site job center, on-site chemical dependency services and transportation to case management-related appointments. The facility is located on bus lines and is accessible from the Seattle area by ferry.

Those interested in becoming eligible for admission into the Building 9 Transitional Housing Program must have served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, received an Honorable Discharge, been homeless for one or more nights, be clean and sober for at least the last 30 days, have a desire to lead a clean and sober lifestyle, have a desire to make meaningful life changes leading to independent living, and be willing to undergo a criminal background check.

"It's a great place for women to be able to come and come together and work on their transition out of homelessness," said Duffy.

For more information, contact Building 9 at 360.895.4371 or email bldg9@dva.wa.gov.

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