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Tim Richter says the homeless problem among miltiary vets in Calgary isn't as bad as in the United States. ((CBC))

The Calgary Homeless Foundation wants to turn a small apartment building into housing units for homeless military veterans.

The Royal Canadian Legion says there are at least 25 people living on Calgary streets that have been identified as Canadian Forces veterans.

Cindy Green-Muse of the Legion's Back In Step program said she knows of 25 to 30 veterans who don't have a roof over their heads. They range in age from a few in their 20's to one man who is over 80 years old.

"We were really only made aware of it when the CPS was finding these guys out on the streets," said Tim Richter of the Calgary Homeless Foundation. "We're thankful the problem isn't as big as it is in the U.S. but we want to act on it as quickly as we can."

Richter said the veterans will be assigned a counsellor and some of them will be housed in a small apartment building.