PHOENIX – An estimated 1,000 veterans will sleep on the streets or in homeless shelters in Arizona tonight, a number that could soon decline with new veteran housing in northern Phoenix. On Thursday morning, nonprofit USVETS severed a ribbon and elected officials to announce the new facility near Interstate 17 and Cactus Road. USVETS had to vacate its previous location last year when the rent doubled. With the help of Mayor Kate Gallego and the Phoenix City Council, the city invested $ 10.5 million in the purchase and renovation of the former hotel in northern Phoenix. VETERANS DAY: A new @usvets_phx facility will accommodate more than 152 homeless veterans in PHX. USVETS had to vacate its previous location as the rent doubled. @CityofPhoenixAZ invested $ 10.5 million to buy and renovate a former hotel near I-17 and Cactus. pic.twitter.com/nPap30kMap – Ali Vetnar (@Ali_Vetnar) November 11, 2021 In addition to housing, veterans in need receive all-round personalized services, including health care, counseling, and training, enabling veterans to take what they take on duty Learned and applied to civil professions. “We have an outreach team, you call us and we get our veterans and we will give them their immediate needs – shelter, food, clothing, a warm place to sleep,” Michelle Jameson, executive director of USVETS in Phoenix, told Thursday opposite KTAR News 92.3 FM. Since 2001, USVETS in Phoenix has assisted more than 10,000 veterans by providing housing, staff development, and case management services. Marine Corps veteran Samuel Coggins is one of them. He joined the USVETS program in May. “Because the US VETS give me guidance and hand-ups, not handouts – I was able to interview and get the job and now I have a job that I love,” said Coggins. Coggins now works in a veterinary office in Scottsdale helping other veterans get off the streets and get on their feet. Follow @Ali_Vetnar we want to hear from you. Do you have a story idea or a tip? Forward it to the KTAR news team here.