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On a chilly February afternoon an old man sits sleeping on the sidewalk outside a Los Angeles hotel while the lunch crowd shuffles by At the mans feet is a sign which reads Vietnam Veteran Im cold lonely and homeless God Bless You I bet you have never stopped to think about where that person has come from He could have been just like you at one time nineteen years old just out of high school ready to start his life but then he was drafted Majorities of homeless men are Vietnam veterans and these veterans usually have severe problems The Vietnam War took its toll on the soldiers and now the veterans have to deal with medical like Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Their adversaries are a lack of housing physical and emotional disabilities and drug abuse Homelessness among Veterans is an increasing problem that can be eradicated by doubling the resources from Habitat from Humanity The concept that grew into Habitat for Humanity International was born at Koinonia Farm a small interracial Christian farming community founded in 1942 outside of Americus Ga by farmer and biblical scholar Clarence Jordan The Fullers first visited Koinonia in 1965 having recently left a successful business in Montgomery Alabama and all the trappings of an affluent lifestyle to begin a new life of Christian service At Koinonia Jordan and Fuller developed the concept of partnership housing -- where those in need of adequate shelter would work side by side with volunteers to build simple decent houses The houses would be built with no profit added and no interest charged Building would be financed by a revolving Fund for Humanity The funds money would come from the new homeowners house payments donations and no-interest loans provided by supporters and money earned by fund-raising activities The monies in the Fund for Humanity would be used to build more houses Through the work of Habitat thousands of low-income families have
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