published : 2023-11-16

Tunnel to Towers Tackles Veteran Homelessness with Grand Opening of Houston Veterans Village

This is 'just the beginning' of eradicating veteran homelessness, T2T's CEO Frank Siller told 'The Five'

Tunnel to Towers Chairman & CEO Frank Siller at the grand opening of the T2T Veterans Village in Houston, Texas. (Taken with Nikon D850)

The Tunnel to Towers Foundation, known for its exceptional work in providing homes and support for America's heroes, is stepping up its efforts to combat veteran homelessness.

In commemoration of Veterans Day, the nonprofit organization unveiled its latest project, the Tunnel to Towers Veterans Village, in Houston, Texas.

The grand opening on November 9 showcased the impressive 161-room facility, which is part of the Homeless Veteran Program.

Once a hotel, this converted structure will now offer permanent and traditional housing for over 100 veterans in and around the Houston area.

As an all-encompassing facility, it also features a first-floor living center that provides a range of supportive services for the veterans.

The Tunnel to Towers Veterans Village aims to serve as a model for similar housing projects across the country.

The impressive facade of the Tunnel to Towers Veterans Village in Houston, Texas. (Taken with Canon EOS R)

In the second phase of the plan, the organization intends to establish 15 to 20 'comfort homes' specifically for senior citizen veterans.

Frank Siller, Chairman and CEO of Tunnel to Towers, joined 'The Five' to discuss the remarkable efforts behind this project.

During the interview, Siller emphasized the importance of uniting people for a common purpose and highlighted the pressing issue of veteran homelessness in America.

He expressed his outrage at the unacceptable reality that many military veterans, who risked their lives for their country, are living on the streets.

Siller clarified that the Tunnel to Towers Veterans Village is just the beginning of the organization's commitment to eradicating veteran homelessness.

Beyond housing, the facility will also provide comprehensive support services, including employment assistance, job training, benefits assistance, education assistance, financial budget management, legal advocacy, medical care options, and mental health support.

A group of veterans enjoying a meal in the communal kitchen at the Tunnel to Towers Veterans Village. (Taken with Sony Alpha a7 III)

The potential of getting these deserving heroes back into society and helping them transition into their own homes is at the core of this initiative.

In addition to the Tunnel to Towers Veterans Village, the organization announced the incredible gesture of giving away 50 mortgage-free homes to veterans.

Their extraordinary efforts also include paying off the mortgages of 33 Gold Star families, 13 fallen first responders, and providing four smart homes for 'catastrophically injured' veterans.

This commitment to supporting veterans in various capacities showcases the dedication and impact of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

With their mission firmly grounded in assisting those who have sacrificed so much, the organization's achievements are truly commendable.