Shelter planned in Westbury for homeless heroes

A shelter for homeless veterans is in the works for Westbury, thanks to a $1.5 million federal grant. The New York Veterans Advocacy Group is

WESTBURY - A shelter for homeless veterans is in the works for Westbury, thanks to a $1.5 million federal grant. The New York Veterans Advocacy Group is turning a commercial building into a 53-bed shelter. The organization says the facility will offer veterans a place to stay, plus medical, occupational and emotional counseling, all under one roof. The private, nonprofit facility expects to serve 200 veterans annually, just a fraction of the estimated 5,000 homeless vets in Nassau County. Still, organizers say it's a start. Plans have already been drawn up for the building. The advocacy group says it hopes to have the shelter up and running within six-12 months.

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