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Tucson needs furniture for homeless vets

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Tucson is one of 25 cities across the country asked by President Obama to help end homelessness among the nation's vets.

Tucson began the effort 100 days ago and now finds itself ahead of schedule.

"We've housed 223 homeless veterans surpassing our 100 day challenge goal by 15," Mayor Jonathan Rothschild says.

But just putting homeless vets under a roof is not the entire goal.

The vets need furniture, household items, beds, sheets and the things that make a house a home.

So far, on that end, they've come up short.

"We're asking for the public's help," he says. "If not furniture, we'll also accept cash."

Akua Hodges is one of those helped.

Seven years in the Air Force, 13 years on the job, she found herself and her three children on the brink of homelessness when her job was cut due to downsizing.

The homeless vet program found her just six days before eviction, with no money and little food for the family.

"I'm sitting there trying to keep a smile on my face but also trying to figure out a way to keep the lights on," she says.

Now, her three children "have perfect attendance for the first quarter" and it "didn't disrupt their lives."

She says "it definitely helped us out."

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