Chesco follows Philly’s Lead

Chesco exceeds goal, housing 121 veterans in 100 days
Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writer

“Joseph Lewis, an Army veteran, lost his job as a security guard, and then his home, when the osteoporosis in his feet prevented him from standing for long periods.

He lived on the streets of Coatesville, his hometown, because he did not want to burden his family.

The Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center housed him temporarily and helped him find work at a warehouse. This year, he set a goal to celebrate his birthday in his own home.

Lewis turned 50 on Saturday, a week after moving into his new two-bedroom apartment in Coatesville.

“I’m so happy I don’t know what to do with myself,” he said.

Lewis was one of 121 veterans – from young adults to seniors – who found permanent housing in Chester County in its latest campaign to house 100 veterans in 100 days. Wednesday was the 100th day of the campaign.”


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