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Denial of Ohio home for homeless vets reversed

Associated Press • Oct 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

The commission voted Wednesday to allow three to five homeless veterans to live in a residential home as they get treatment and look for work.

The decision is a reversal from the commission’s vote against the home in August, when panel members said the neighborhood might not be the best fit.

Several neighbors spoke out against the home in August, saying the veterans could exacerbate the area’s existing drug problem. Supporters said the veterans needed a place to pick themselves back up and would be required to undergo random drug testing in order to stay.

Walter Gilbert, who runs the Dayton-based Holt Street Miracle Center, said the city had given him the run-around when he tried to appeal the commission’s first decision and only responded once he obtained an attorney.

“Our whole intention is to help these guys that served our country,” Gilbert said. “If we don’t have a place for them to get their life together, where are they going to go?”

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