Housing

Veterans Village will house about 130 veterans in the Houston area

Houston is one of various nationwide where the non-profit is setting up transitional and permanent housing for veterans.

Tunnels to Towers is housing over 100 veterans in the Houston area.
Veteran's Village
Tunnels to Towers is housing over 100 veterans in the Houston area.

A newly renovated facility that used to be a hotel will house about 130 veterans from the Houston area.

Tunnels to Towers is a national organization founded in tribute to a first responder who died during 9/11. Now, they are working to eliminate veteran homelessness.

One of the organization's board members, Brad Blakeman, said their Homeless Veterans Program is one way they want to help.

"The motto seems to be when you're in service, ‘no man or woman left behind'. Yet, when they get home, it's every man and woman for themselves. And that shouldn't be in America. Especially now when Veteran's Day gives us the opportunity to recognize their service, but also think of ways to help them," he said.

Houston is one of various cities nationwide where the non-profit is setting up transitional and permanent housing for veterans.

"And what we're looking for here at Tunnels to Towers is we wanna make sure that our veterans, many of them, can transition from our housing to their own housing in the community. That will give others an opportunity to live here that are in need," Blakeman said.

He said the new facility will be occupied in the next three weeks, and availability will open up as veterans transition into permanent housing.

Houston has 300,000 veterans in the city. There are about 50,000 veterans who are homeless across the country, according to Blakeman.

Blakeman said his nephew was a first responder who was killed during 9/11 at the World Trade Center.

"9/11 is very personal to our family... We had to make sure that we did our part as well," he said.

The City of Houston Mayor's Office said in a press release that their Veterans Day Parade is canceled due to Saturday's forecast for heavy rain with potentially dangerous lightning.

However, the ceremony that takes place before the parade will still take place for invited guests and participants inside of City Hall's Legacy Room.

"The televised celebration will include distinguished guests, a moment of silence in honor of the signing of the WWI Armistice, and Keynote Speaker Dr. Quindola Crowley, Lt. Colonel (Ret.) U.S. Army," the city said in the release.