Recently, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson launched her small business series to assist homeless veterans in the Dallas area. The purpose of the series is to inform homeless veterans about the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program and provide them with the tools they need to apply for assistance.
"No veteran should ever come home from war and be homeless," said Congresswoman Johnson. "I have traveled all over the world and there is no place else that allows the freedoms and opportunities like the United States. We are afforded this luxury because of the sacrifice and skill of our men and women in uniform, and we should all be there for them when they return home."
The event took place on April 5,2013 at the Bill J. Priest Institute for Economic Development from 1:30 -- 3:30 p.m. Veterans, veterans support organizations, and developers were in attendance.
Welcoming remarks were given by Regenia Hawkins, Public Housing Director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Panelists included David Storms, HUD Public Housing Division Director; Troy Broussard, Senior Vice President of the Dallas Housing Authority; Heloise Ferguson, VA -- VISN 17 Homeless Coordinator with the VA North Texas Health Care System; Teresa House-Hatfield, Director of the VA Comprehensive Homeless Center and Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans at the VA North Texas Health Care System; Don Clemmons, Program Manager V.A. Per Diem Program with Union Gospel Mission; and Dennis Strickland, Homeless Recovery Manager with BRIDGE Dallas. The discussion was moderated by Bob W. Cook, Director of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Dallas.