Ohio program helps homeless vets secure apartments

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Toledo's mayor and an advocate for the homeless in northern Ohio made a visit to the White House this past week.

They were there for a meeting hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama to talk about ways to end military veteran homelessness.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says they were invited because of Toledo's efforts to help homeless veterans by bringing together social service agencies, nonprofits and private businesses.

Ken Leslie leads an organization in Toledo that has a program called Veterans Matter that operates in six states.

He tells The Blade newspaper (http://bit.ly/1jVibgN ) in Toledo that he now wants to expand to other states.

The program that has grabbed the attention of prominent musical artists including John Mellencamp helps veterans looking for housing get security deposits for apartments.

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Information from: The Blade, http://www.toledoblade.com/

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