Homeless vets will have to move from old base

North Charleston, SC (AP) - Some homeless military veterans are preparing to move from the homes they have had at the old Charleston Navy Base.

The Chesapeake Health Education Program has operated a drug and alcohol addiction treatment program since 1998, with more than 2,000 homeless veterans living in old base housing over the years.

According to media reports, the property was taken over by South Carolina Public Railways after a developer for the old base went into foreclosure.

Chesapeake director Melissa Kelly says the program will consolidate operations at a location off the old base property. Kelly says the program would have to have signed a lease costing several thousand dollars in order to stay. The program had paid only insurance and maintenance costs.

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