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Organization helps fight war on veteran homelessness

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An organization is helping veterans who perhaps need the most help. "Green Doors" offers housing to vets who just can't afford a place to live. It's a group that wages war on "veteran homelessness".

Army veteran John Curran has been living in a one bedroom apartment on Manchaca for about a year. It's not a palace, but it's a lot better than the various camps that Curran called home over the last 10 years. He's homeless no more.

"What this allows me to do is take care of myself and cook which I love and now can cook," said Curran.

Curran is one of about 300 tenants who live in housing provided by Green Doors. They have 28 properties around Austin.

"Having a home like this allows them to get past where am I sleeping to how to have a better life which might mean medical attention…to getting a job," said Curran.

Christa Noland says the apartments are furnished and they ask tenants to pay what they can afford and no more than 30 percent of the tenant's monthly income.

"More and more men and women vets where they have a chance to get back into the community. Many are Vietnam vets who have never had housing since Vietnam," said Noland.

Green doors offers their tenants, mostly vets, transitional housing so people can get on their feet and then move on. It is affordable housing for the working poor and permanent housing for people who would otherwise be homeless.

Curran would be in that category.

"It's just a great place. I love this particular unit. I couldn't be happier with it," said Curran.

Part of Green Doors funding comes from donations to the Texas Veterans Commission.

For more information or to donate visit http://www.greendoors.org.

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