Liberty Landing Grand Opening

Liberty Landing Helping Vets Transition Back into Society

By Scott Sarvay
By Maureen Mespell
By Jeff Neumeyer

December 8, 2011 Updated Dec 8, 2011 at 6:23 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A new residential center for homeless veterans is extending a helping had to men and women who laid their lives on the line for the safety and security of America.

The program director for this new housing complex says it's believed the Fort Wayne area has as many as 2500 homeless individuals, and that nearly 400 of them are veterans.

An American flag was raised this morning, to mark the grand opening of liberty landing, a transitional housing facility connected to an agency called Volunteers of America.

It offers 49 beds for honorably discharged homeless veterans.

Many of the Vets who'll be occupying those beds, suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, depression or other health problems, and many of them need a job.

Liberty Landing is set up to provide a variety of assistance.

Mary Leffler from Volunteers of America says they will be assisting by, " Helping them with daily skills regarding how to shop, how to get groceries, how to access resources in the community, how to find jobs."

Scott Beatty, a Veteran says, " We've known about this place coming about, and we're going to just...we know how necessary it is."

A Veteran can stay at the transitional housing facility for up to two years, during that time, officials with Liberty Landing work to try and locate permanent housing for the residents.

The complex is not full yet, but eventually they expect all the beds will be taken up, considering the great need.