Collaborations hope to stop veteran homelessness by end of year

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - Through several collaborations, organization Trust House hopes to end veteran homelessness by the end of the year.

Army veteran Donald Boysaw has been getting help through Trust House and is now getting ready to move into his own place after hitting hard times.

"I was homeless and they helped me out and actually found me a place to live," says Boysaw.

The Trust House is a non-profit working with homeless individuals, families, and veterans by providing them a place to stay.

This year the organization housed 126 veterans and through a new collaborative effort the Trust House is hoping to help more people.

"This has probably been one of the most exciting things I've done in my career, because it is awesome to see people come around a cause and mobilize an entire community to help a group of people," says Ali Hamed-Moore, executive director of Trust House.

The Trust House is working with the city of Roanoke, the VA Medical Center, and Total Action for Progress.

They get together several times a month and find ways to develop a housing plan for each homeless veteran.

"We've been working with various private landlords in the community who have been very receptive to working with us and housing our homeless veterans," says Hamed-Moore.

Hamed-Moore says they're on track with their goal to stop veteran homelessness by the end of this year.