The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with the Veterans Administration, announced a partnership with the Municipality of Anchorage Wednesday to eliminate homelessness among military veterans.

HUD may expand the housing voucher program currently used by 125 veterans in the Anchorage area.

“Some people may just need rapid re-housing; they may need just a couple month’s rent, or a rent deposit,” said HUD Regional Director Bill Block. “Some people are facing extreme disability and need supported housing, like you have in Karluk Manor.”

Karluk Manor resident Teddy Williams says he’s seen a lot of fellow servicemen come and go from the RurAL CAP facility, which provides housing for chronic alcoholics, since he entered it two and a half years ago.

“Some of them were here but they got themselves ejected which is sad -- but it's from the same thing I'm having trouble with, staying sober,” Williams said.

Williams says he's battled alcoholism since his late teens and has struggled to hold a job. He's among 165 former service members in town HUD says are on the verge of becoming homeless, cycling through temporary housing and homeless camps.

“People enter homelessness and they leave,” Block said. “The goal, really, is that there are no unsheltered vets -- that is an absolutely firm line, and the sheltering system is not warehousing them, it is rapidly helping them move into housing.”

According to Block, progress is being made. The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness says the nation’s population of homeless veterans has decreased by 24 percent since 2010, and overall homelessness is down 6 percent in that same time period.