SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The eighth annual Veterans Stand Down for Homelessness runs until 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Savannah Civic Center.
Four hundred and nineteen veterans experienced homelessness in Chatham County in 2010, according to data from the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless.
More than 40 Social Service agencies are at the event to provide information and outreach on services including housing options, job resources, resume writing tips, substance abuse treatment and accesses to Social Security and Veteran's Administration services.
Veteran's programs include The Carl Vinson VA Medical Center of Dublin, GA; The Savannah VA Community Based Out-patient Clinic; The Savannah Vet Center, Disabled American Veterans, The Military Order of Purple Heart and Savannah Counseling Services, Inc.-Jail Diversion Trauma Recovery program, according to the Chatham-Savannah Authority For The Homeless.
Refreshments are being provided by the Hunter Army Air Field Spouses Club.
More than 400 community volunteers help put on the Stand Down each year, including the Social Work department at Savannah State University that coordinates the distribution of clothes and personal items to veterans experiencing homelessness.
The Stand Down event is funded in part by Goodwill Industries of the Coastal Empire, Inc. Operation Open Doors, The United States Department of Veterans Affairs, The Salvation Army, the Disabled American Veterans and The Military Order of Purple Heart and the Chatham-Savannah Authority for the Homeless.