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Ending Veteran Homelessness in our Region

Ending Veteran Homelessness in our Region

West TN Legal Services, Inc. joins Marsha Blackburn and other State and Federal

representatives in celebrating the Jackson-West Tennessee Continuum of Care (CoC)

Achievement of Effectively Ending Veteran Homelessness

Jackson, Tennessee, November 9, 2018—On October 23, 2018, West Tennessee Legal

Services (WTLS’) Executive Director, Cathy Clayton, joined Congresswoman Marsha

Blackburn and other local, state and federal (VA and HUD) representatives in celebrating the

Jackson-West Tennessee Continuum of

Care (CoC) achievement of effectively

ending veteran homeless in our region.

This goal, coordinated by Tennessee

Homeless Solutions (THS) as the CoC’s

lead agency, would not have been

possible without the efforts of the entire

community, including the Mayors’

Challenge to End Homeless which was

represented at the celebration by

Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist and

Henderson County Mayor Eddie Bray.

As the recipient of a VA Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) grant, WTLS works

closely with it subgrantee, THS, in assisting very low-income veteran’s families transitioning into

permanent housing.

Cathy Clayton spoke at the celebration, noting that “[h]omelessness is always a tragedy but is

especially heart-breaking when a veteran’s service to our country contributed to the situation.

According to a survey released by the VA in May 2018, four of the top 10 unmet needs for

homeless veterans result from a lack of legal assistance. Unresolved legal issues often

contribute to the cycle of poverty that keeps veterans in a homeless or threat of homelessness

situation. Wrongful eviction or foreclosure may force residents from their homes, robbing them

of a stable shelter. Outstanding warrants and fines can pile up beyond a person’s ability to pay,

possibly leading to jail time. The ability to bring in money through a job can be hampered by the

lack of a fixed address, and without a driver’s license, commuting to a job by other means can

be a struggle. Navigating the disability benefits process and medical bills for disabled veterans

can be overwhelming. WTLS, a non-partisan legal aid provider funded in part by the Legal

Services Corporation, works with the CoC to help veterans with these types of problems

affecting their basic needs for which there may be legal solutions.”

West Tennessee Legal Services, Inc. -- Helping People Access Legal Rights

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Catherine B. Clayton at

731.423.0616, or email wtls@wtls.org.

13th Annual  Run/Walk for Education

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Tennessee Economic Indicators Teleconference Happening Tuesday