CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates, on any given day, over 33,000 veterans are experiencing homelessness in our country.
An event in North Carolina aimed to connect veterans with resources they need to achieve their housing needs.
The Salisbury VA Health Care System hosted Homeless Veterans Stand Down.
The community event provided veterans resources to help them thrive.
This included information pertaining to benefits, employment and housing.
Vendors were set up assisting veterans in numerous areas, some even providing food and clothing materials.
Organizers estimate between 100 and 150 veterans attended Homeless Veterans Stand Down.
HUD-VASH Supervisor Brittany Marshall hopes the event brings those in need of housing steps closer to receiving it.
"Veterans experiencing homelessness, one of the biggest issues is barriers and access to services," Marshall said. "Stand Down events bring all services together. It provides a point of access to all."
Veteran JX Nelson attended the community event.
Right now, Nelson says he's living in a shelter and has been experiencing homelessness for two decades.
"Off and on since 1999 when I got out the military," Nelson said.
Nelson says he's looking forward to having a place he can call his own so he'll be in position to help other veterans.
"So everyone can benefit like the [community event is doing]," Nelson said.
The Salisbury VA partner Veterans Bridge Home co-hosted the Homeless Veterans Stand Down event.