Home For Homeless Vets Opening Soon

SPOKANE – By the end of the month a new housing facility will open up to homeless veterans living in the Spokane area.

The three-story Pioneer Victory House, located at Monroe and Broadway is the first of its kind in the Spokane area catering to homeless veterans in rehabilitation. Two weeks from now 35 veterans – 30 men and 5 women – will call it home.

The facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will be run by Pioneer Health Services in connection with Spokane’s VA Medical Center. The VA will forward referrals to the house and residents will get help finding a job, be encouraged to stay sober and can live in the home for up to two years.

Gene Smith of Pioneer Health Services says the need for this kind of service to veterans is great in the Spokane area.

“Just in Spokane we have 3,500 homeless vets suffering from alcohol addiction, drug addiction or both or just not able to find their way in life,” Smith said.

“This,” Smith said, referring to the House, “is only for people who really want the opportunity to change.”

An open house for the Pioneer Victory House is scheduled for this coming Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.