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An organization is attempting to give homeless veterans and their families the "key" to regaining their independence.

"Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania" celebrated their latest campaign to house homeless vets.  On Wednesday, they marked their first purchase and restoration of a home now named "The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Homeward Bound House" in Harrisburg.

The home was purchased through foreclosure.  With the help of banks and housing authorities, the organization can now rent it out to veterans for an affordable price.

"Last year we served over 120 veterans, 90 of whom were homeless," Volunteers of America President &  CEO Dr. Melissa Vayda said. "We couldn't secure affordable housing for them. It was very difficult, and our mission is to help get people back on their feet and become self sufficient and independent and housing is one of those key aspects."

Over the course of the next two years, the organization hopes to have 150 properties for veterans throughout Pennsylvania.