Kuster in Plymouth today to discuss efforts to end homelessness with local veterans, advocates

PLYMOUTH — Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) will meet with local veterans and advocates to discuss homelessness and other issues facing retired service members during a visit to the Bridge House Shelter today at 11 a.m.

Kuster, a member of the House Veteran's Affairs Committee, will provide an overview of efforts currently underway in Congress and within the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to end veteran homelessness. She will also seek input and feedback from local veterans and other roundtable participants, including officials from the Bridge House, who will discuss the agency's inclusive service model, among other topics.

The Bridge House, which serves veterans and civilians alike and their families, originally opened in 1989, licensed to serve eight people. Since then, the agency has relocated to its current Highland Avenue location, which often serves as many as 30 people and features a range of counseling, job training and parenting program, among others.

Cathy Bentwood, the agency's director, is also working with other local leaders to develop Soldier On New Hampshire, the state's first permanent housing community, which could house up to 50 formerly homeless veterans.