Shelter opens in North Adelaide for homeless veterans

Posted December 02, 2015 07:07:28

A former soldier has turned his efforts from fighting for his nation to helping homeless veterans get their lives back on track.

The Returned Services League (RSL) will nowadays open an emergency shelter in North Adelaide for returned servicemen and girls who are sleeping rough.

It will be based in an accommodation block at the Australian Lutheran College and managed by Ben Challinor, who spent 11 years in the Royal Australian Artillery.

“We’ll identify what sort of support is necessary and get them back on their feet,” he mentioned.

Up to 16 individuals can live in the shelter, where these in want can also get details about job opportunities.

Mr Challinor said whilst it was created to be a quick-term remedy, some clientele could stay there for up to a year.

“The aim is to get them to move on when they’ve accomplished self-sustainability,” he stated.

“The initial step is to cease them sleeping rough or on somebody’s couch, we’ll steer them in what we think is the correct path.”

The program is also aimed at helping former soldiers locate new employment.

RSL chief executive Julia Langrehr said many individuals who have had a military career uncover civilian life challenging.

“It’s not necessarily just for individuals who are already living rough but men and women who may well be couch surfing, may be sleeping in their vehicles, may have taken their tent out bush,” she stated.

Ms Langrehr said a lot of veterans did not have a rental history, which also made for a hard transition.

“When you are in the service you have accommodation offered for you, you never have a rental reference so actually obtaining accommodation can be hard,” she stated.

Subjects: homelessness, neighborhood-and-society, veterans, north-adelaide-5006, adelaide-5000, sa

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