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Homeless Advocate Heads to D.C. to Discuss Changes in Funding

February 2, 2013

Homelessness is an issue that many people have tried to tackle, in Central Virginia, with donations and support. But one woman, who has been in their shoes, is taking the issue to Washington.

“I was homeless with my four kids and we were living in a car 14 years ago.”

Rebeckah Armistead has taken giant steps to get her life back. After being homeless for several years, she eventually went back to school, got her GED and began helping others who are in the same place she was 14 years ago.

On Tuesday, February 4th, she plans on taking a trip to Washington D.C. to visit the offices of Senator Tim Kaine, Congressman Morgan Griffith, and Congressman Robert Hurt.

She hopes to speak with them on how they can help make positive changes for Virginia’s homeless population.

“We have a shelter in Orange, which was closed a few years ago because of funding,” says Armistead. “That's one of the main things in Virginia and in congress is the big funding issue.”

Armistead believes that if they can come together with a funding plan, then shelters around the Commonwealth can provide better support. She is also interested in better care for veterans.

“Our veterans who are fighting for us, who are coming back don't have housing,” says Armistead. “So I want to be able to come in and give them some type of resources that are in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Armistead knows what it is like to be homeless in the cold and moving from shelter to shelter. She just hopes that one day the tools needed for people to find their way out will be easier to reach.

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