In 1987 there were over 287,000 homeless Veterans in the United States, most of them Vietnam Veterans. In Buffalo alone there were 2,500 homeless Veterans on any given night. It was because of this, a hand full of dedicated local leaders including founders Joe Ryan and Bill Lyons, along with members of the VVLP - Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program, recognized the need for quality, affordable, and accessible housing for disadvantaged and disabled Veterans. With just $2,000 and a purpose, WNY Veterans Housing Coalition Inc. was incorporated on September 9, 1987.
WNYVHC was at the forefront of setting a national trend by providing Special Needs Housing for our Veterans. The organization started with an abandoned building at 1125 Main St and a contract with the newly formed Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program at the VA, one of the first of its kind Transitional Housing Programs for Veterans in the United States. Veterans were referred to the Program through the VA Homeless Program and the VA Substance Abuse Program. The Program was such a success that the organization knew it needed to expand and over the next six years, WNYVHC developed permanent supportive housing by adding three more buildings totally four apartment buildings with 100 apartments that are managed today.
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