Feb 28, 2012 9:43 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will spend $6 million to open a new homeless center in New Orleans.
The homeless center will be in the first floor of an addition to a downtown VA hospital. The center will be a place where veterans and homeless citizens can get help finding housing and health care services.
The VA says it will work with other federal, state, local, and community agencies on the project.
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Director Julie Catellier said the agency had "no greater mission than to prevent and end homelessness."
New Orleans has one of the nation's largest homeless populations and officials say they'll work aggressively over the next decade to end homelessness by getting more people on the streets into homes.