Zeldin, Suozzi Announce Beacon House Awarded Contract for Reopening of Northport Homeless Shelter
PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) and Congressman Tom Suozzi (D, NY-3) announced that United Veterans Beacon House (UVBH) has been awarded a 5-year contract to operate the homeless shelter in Building 11 at the Northport VA Medical Center. Following an extended renovation period, Building 11 failed to pass safety inspections, which left it unoccupied while it has undergone further repairs. With the completion of necessary repairs and Building 11 fully operational, this contract allows UVBH to operate the facility, with an anticipated opening date at the beginning of May.
“Building 11 provides a critical service for our local veterans that have fallen into homelessness, providing shelter on the same campus where they have access to the medical assistance and psychological care which treat, what all too often are, the factors that drove them into homelessness in the first place,” said Congressman Zeldin. “After countless meetings, phone calls, visits to Northport and other outreach, this news, while long-overdue, is encouraging for our local veteran’s community, and all who rely on the services provided at Northport when transitioning back into civilian life.”
“It’s about time that this important housing for homeless veterans will be reopened,” said Congressman Suozzi. “Director Sanchez, in the short time that he’s been at the Northport VA, has managed to push this through the bureaucracy. It is a welcome success to have Beacon House back online.”