BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — According to the National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, there are over 40,000 homeless veterans across the nation on any given night.
Thanks to local officials like Binghamton Mayor Rich David and Broome County Executive Jason Garnar, the number of homeless veterans in Broome County is just 14.
Both Mayor David and County Executive Garnar told WBNG Wednesday that they are working on new programs to help veterans in the Southern Tier, but they aren’t releasing any details yet.
Local organizations like the Southern Tier Veteran’s Support Group have been instrumental in helping communicate the needs of local veterans to elected officials and helping facilitate projects such as the ten-apartment complex at 27 Pine St. in Binghamton that exclusively houses veterans.
The vice president of the support group, Benjamin Margolius, says people don’t often understand all of the problems related to veteran homelessness.
"People don’t think about what it takes to help somebody who is homeless. It’s not just giving them a place to live. There’s got to be a support network to look after them and guide them into getting back into the community," Margolius said.
Margolius says if you are a homeless veteran, call the homeless veteran’s hotline at 1-877-424-3838, or reach out to him at 607-205-8332.