Carrington College student Tracy Kautz provides dental care for veterans at the homeless stand down in 2012.
The United States Veterans Administration has a lofty goal for 2015: ending veteran homelessness. The Boise VA took a step toward meeting that goal on Saturday with the opening of the Transform Recovery Center.
The new center will offer in-patient substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder services in what VA representatives have described as a "therapeutic home-like environment that allows veterans the best recovery possible."
Boise VA provides services to approximately 100,000 veterans in southern Idaho and eastern Oregon, and treats nearly 28,000 vets each year through a variety of services. The new center is part of a larger push on the part of the national organization to reduce the number of homeless veterans nationwide. A 2014 report
estimated there were nearly 50,000 homeless veterans on a single night in January.
In Boise, efforts have long been under way to serve the city's homeless veterans with Stand Downs
, at which veterans and their families can access medical services, as well as warm clothing, boots and other essentials.