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New program hopes to end Veteran homelessness in Portland, Multnomah County

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Portland and Multnomah County leaders said they want to get every homeless veteran off the streets by the end of this year.

On Tuesday, local leaders including Mayor Charlie Hales teamed up to make a big push for the program 'A Home for Every Veteran.'

In recent years, officials have identified close to 700 homeless veterans living on Portland streets.

With the new program, they've been able to put 430 homeless veterans in new housing and they estimate they have 260 to go.

Bill Hudson is an U.S. Army veteran and he was recently homeless, but with the help of local veteran services, he was able to finally find an apartment.

Hudson wants more landlords to make the effort to offer reasonable rates and consider taking in a veteran first.

Hudson said he's grateful this program is making that a priority.

"It means that the information is getting out there to vets, and that's very important. Because a lot of vets don't put themselves out there to look for places and they're not even aware that there are programs available out there. So this program is very good for the city and for the vets," said Hudson.

If you know or you are a homeless veteran, you can call 211 to get more information about help finding housing.

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