The Fresno Bee
BY BARBARA ANDERSON
June 28, 2016
"I HAD TO DIVIDE MY KIDS UP SO I COULD BE IN THE HOMELESS PROGRAM"
Former homeless veteran Sean Tait
Male veterans cannot have children in transitional housingArmy veteran Sean Tait turned to veterans officials for help last year when he was evicted from a Sanger apartment.
Children of female vets can live with their homeless mothers
Fresno dad had to split his children up while in transitional housing
He had injured his right knee while serving with the reserves in Afghanistan in 2009. The knee injury led to a bad back, and he needed an operation. He had worked on-and-off at jobs since returning home, but by December 2014 he couldn’t work, and he couldn’t pay $850 rent and utilities.
Ending veterans’ homelessness is a high priority at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which has set a December 2016 deadline for getting veterans off streets and into housing. The Fresno VA had a place available for Tait.
However, the divorced father had a son and daughter who lived with him. He needed somewhere they all could stay together. read more here