VFW post to build homeless veterans shelter in Prestonsburg

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) – A Prestonsburg Veterans of Foreign Wars post plans to build a new shelter for homeless veterans in Floyd County.

Members of VFW Post 5839 tell WYMT-TV the group began planning the shelter about six months ago out of a desire to help homeless veterans of eastern Kentucky.

Project manager Calvin Howell says the shelter will house homeless veterans and their families, and will be next door to the VFW Post. It will hold about 24 people.

The 6,000 square foot facility will have beds, a kitchen, computer, washer and dryer. VFW Members will help veterans access services to get them back on their feet, like mental health services or job placement.

A ground breaking ceremony will take place in April. Members hope to open the shelter before the spring of 2017.