Wounded Warriors of Collier County is leading an initiative with local organizations and Community Partners to support the Collier County Veterans Treatment Court Program (VTC) by providing transitional housing for homeless Veterans.
Approximately 100 Veterans are arrested each year and many are eligible for Veterans Treatment Court Program. If accepted, they are placed on probation with a structured program lasting an average of 12 months. Upon completion the participants may be granted early termination of probation, and in some cases, felony adjudication may be avoided and/or some or all charges dropped. Veterans who have completed VTC in Collier County have a very low rate of recidivism, and have succeeded in returning to productive lives and self respect.
To participate in VTC, a Veteran must have a place to live. Due to program requirements, it is critical that the house be located near the Collier County Government Center in South Naples. This has been a roadblock to many, because unlike surrounding counties, there is no Veteran housing available in Collier County. Other surrounding counties have Veteran Housing. It is time for Collier County to support our homeless Veterans!
Our first house will be named in honor of SPC Steven T. Hayes, US Army, 82 Airborne, and a combat Veteran of Afghanistan, who lived in Collier County, and lost his life due to PTSD/TBI, August 1, 2016.