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Twin Cities Pride opens up opportunities for non-profit that helps homeless veterans

June 23, 2019 07:25 PM

Twin Cities Pride can be a rare opportunity for local non-profits to reach people who may need help, like veterans who identify as LGBTQ.

The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans, or MAC-V, is a non-profit that has been helping homeless veterans for nearly 30 years.

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The organization set up an outreach tent at Loring Park, where hundreds of vendors are set up for Pride weekend.

They tell 5 EYEWITNESS News there are nearly 23,000 veterans in Minnesota who identify as LGBTQ+ and about a fifth of them have experienced homelessness.

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"The numbers are staggering for the LGBTQ community who have served in the military and then find themselves homeless," said Jenny Elmblad, MAC-V's reentry coordinator. "The first thing we want to take care of is getting them a safe shelter, a safe place to live, a place to call their own."

The non-profit also helps veterans find jobs, mental health care and legal services.

Coordinators said hundreds of people have stopped by their tent over the past two days.

"We just want to make sure if they served our country, we're here to serve them as well," Elmblad said.

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