A record 508 people stayed at Siena/Francis House’s shelters Monday night.

The Siena/Francis House campus in Omaha is growing with the addition of 48 efficiency apartments.

The VA of Nebraska-western Iowa has received two federal grants to help veterans move in to transitional housing.

A two-day symposium starting Monday in Omaha focuses on the needs of the homeless in Nebraska and western Iowa.

A new report shows 1,530 people in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro were homeless as of January.

Courtesy of Cheril Lee

There are approximately 1500 homeless veterans in Nebraska and around 200,000 nationwide.

A new partnership announced this morning would work to make Nebraska the first state to end veterans’ homelessness.  Mayor Jim Suttle and Mike Fornear of the Homeless Veterans Project, were joined by civic and business leaders to discuss the new project called “Vets Town.” 

photo by Katie Schubert, KIOS-FM

Omaha’s Siena/Francis House plans to open 48 new efficiency apartments and a community services center.

A groundbreaking Friday morning marked the official start of the project on 18thStreet. The $7.2 million dollar project is set for completion in August. Siena/Francis House executive director Mike Saklar says the new apartments are for homeless people with disabilities. They’ll pay 250 dollars a month rent, with assistance available.