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VA opens resource center for homeless veterans

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Sep 29, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-29 17:25:27-04

The Phoenix VA has opened a new facility focused on providing care to homeless veterans or those at risk of becoming homeless.

The Community Resource and Referral Center is a "one-stop resource" for veterans needing help finding permanent housing, establishing skills for the workforce and healthcare.

The CRRC was originally located on the Human Services campus, but now has its own stand-alone building at 1500 E. Thomas Road near 16th Street and Thomas Road in Phoenix.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton was at the grand opening ceremony and said, "This is a good day for the City of Phoenix to be able to open this VA Community Resource & Referral Center, we are doing it for our Veterans."

He added, "The work that's going to go inside the CRRC is going to change lives."

The center is one of 29 facilities nationwide.

The VA has partnered with Arizona homeless organizations and other federal and state agencies to help provide programs and resources to veterans. It also has a walk-in health clinic.

Last year, about 2,5000 veterans in Phoenix were helped via the program, according to a VA media release.

The VA can be contacted by phone at 800-554-7174 or online at Phoenix.va.gov.