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Fayetteville VA Medical Center and City of Fayetteville Host Community Homeless Stand Down Aug. 24

Post Date:08/18/2017 11:08 AM

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Area homeless Veterans, and anyone facing the threat of homelessness, will have the chance to find help when the Fayetteville VA Medical Center and the City of Fayetteville host a Community Homeless Stand Down Aug. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Festival Park near downtown.

The event is designed to give people access to agencies and services that can make a difference in their lives. Services provided include housing assistance, employment assistance, health services, Veterans’ services, and more. Food will be served and free haircuts will be available.  FAST (Fayetteville Area System of Transit) will offer transportation to/from the event.

Although some services may be restricted to Veterans, the event is open to all area homeless. Military surplus items will be restricted to homeless Veterans.

Veterans seeking VA services should bring ID (VA card or DD214, “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty,” if available. 

The event will go on, rain or shine.

Fayetteville VAMC and its community-based clinics have participated in, and hosted, numerous stand down events in areas they serve and welcome partnerships with the City of Fayetteville and likeminded groups such as the Cumberland County Continuum of Care on Homelessness, said Maurice Smith, certified peer support specialist, HUD-VASH Program, Fayetteville VAMC.

"By partnering with our communities, stand down events streamline access to homeless programs and resources, and reduce barriers to these services,” Smith said.

“Stand Down” is a military term that refers to the time when troops are brought back from the battlefield for rest and recuperation.

To learn more about the upcoming event, please call contact Adolphus Thomas, City of Fayetteville Community Development Department at (910) 433-1590.  To learn more about VA’s involvement, call Maurice Smith at (910) 488-2120, ext. 5939.

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