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VETERANS: Tax breaks keep vets homeless

Letter by Edward Hassertt, Tacoma on Aug. 8, 2011 at 1:06 pm with No Comments »
August 8, 2011 1:06 pm

We have a growing problem with homelessness among our disabled veterans in this country. We often wonder how even these people, who served our country while it was in need can be thrown aside. We can see one example of this in the credit requirements for low-income housing in Tacoma.

Places such as the Hotel Olympus get tax credits for providing low-income housing, yet often reject disabled veterans merely because of their credit history. Years of fighting the government to get much-needed care and benefits can leave such vets with less-than-stellar credit, so even if they have the money to pay for rent, they end up homeless because of the policies of places like Tacoma’s Hotel Olympus.

We need to either help our vets more, revoke the tax breaks we give these housing locations, or both.

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