BEND, OR -- The Bend Heroes Foundation is working to create a Veterans Village to help end homelessness for veterans. Foundation President Eric Tobiason says he believes the Veterans Village concept could be a pilot project that the city, county and state could use as a model for the broader homeless population. Central Oregon Daily reports Deschutes County Commissioners heard a presentation from Tobiason yesterday and they directed staff to work on a memorandum of understanding. The foundation is looking for local donors, as well as money from the city, county and the state. Tobiason says Veterans Village will be modeled after a successful veterans housing project in Clackamas county. Plans call for Veterans Village to have fifteen shelters, each with a bathroom, shower and kitchen. Construction could start this spring.
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