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Homeless female vets gets expanded shelter program

PITTSBURGH - Female veterans are estimated nationally to be about 10 percent of the roughly 50,000 veterans who are homeless on a given night. Since 2013, Project Journey of the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania has been working to solve the problem. The local project - funded by the United Way of Allegheny County, Newman's Own Foundation and other donors - so far has provided emergency shelter for 40 female veterans and support services to 210 of them for employment and other specific issues they face. But previously, the women with children had to be squeezed into one-bedroom apartments or turned away.

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