Transitional home to help homeless women veterans

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) – The number of homeless veterans in this country is estimated at around 120,000, according to the government.

One of the fastest growing segments of that group is women. That’s why an organization in Central Kentucky is on a mission to help.

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What was once Trapp Elementary School in Clark County is now being used to teach a different kind of lesson, which includes hope and new beginnings.

“There’s more women in the military now serving, and that number’s going to continue to grow. So, there was a greater need and there’s just not any services for them out there hardly,” says Phyliss Abbott, executive director of Lady Veterans Connect.

She hopes the future transitional home will be ready by the end of the year, can provide housing for more than 30 women veterans.

Abbott says there is only one other home that size in the country.

“In Kentucky, there’s only five beds designated for women veterans in the whole state. So our program provides that housing for them,” says Abbott.

Abbott says the building’s infrastructure makes for an easy transition.

It already has a kitchen, and the gym is used for storing items for yard sales that help pay the utility bills.

The home will also provide life and job skill classes.

Abbott isn’t a veteran herself, but it’s an issue she believes is worth fighting for.

“I’m just passionate about our veterans. They gave and we need to give back,” said Abbott.