Homeless veterans get help from D.C. Housing

Albert Strong, U.S. Army veteran

Every other Friday at D.C. Housing, they bring in military veterans who have fallen on hard times.

And thanks to a federal grant, they provide them with housing vouchers.

ABC7 tagged along as they loaded up several vets for a housing tour, from downtown D.C. to Southeast, where they walked them through units that are available.

Many of the vets have lived with friends, in shelters, or on the streets. Navy vet Roselynn Ellah said even with a voucher she's been refused housing.

"Because they said I have no job to back it up and I haven't got good credit," Ellah says.

Fortunately, today they have the owner of a complex to cut red tape.

"As a landlord in D.C., I think it's our obligation to reach out in the veteran community," says Dan Crosby.

Yet some vets still hesitate. These homeless vets know D.C. well and the atmosphere outside their unit is at least as important as that inside.

Having been robbed four times in other neighborhoods, Albert Strong is concerned about this one.

"They had the gun to the back of my head," he says. "They was holding me by my jacket. That didn't even happen to me in Vietnam. It happened to me here in the streets of D.C."

When he learned the complex has security, he felt better about it.

Currently the city's helping nearly 750 vets and their families thanks to this federally-funded program.