NEWTOWN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Newtown organization that gives away free furniture to war veterans is running into some road blocks by the town.
The Make A Home Foundation in Newtown helps homeless vets and others in need; giving them beds, couches, tables, and anything else to start a new life.
"I do my best to help them," said Bill Ghent. "I think it's good for the community, it's close by, and a lot of people know this place is here."
Ghent is a Korean War veteran and says veterans need this kind of help more than ever.
"In my opinion, veterans are not getting a good deal. They're not being treated as well as they should be," said Ghent.
Open since 2010, the organization says it has helped dozens of vets. Anyone else who wants to buy there can become a member of the organization and shop away.
However, recently the town of Newtown placed a temporary injunction on the organization, putting it in danger of shutting down.
The issue is that the space is only zoned to be a warehouse, so they can only store the furniture and other things there. People can't go there every day to buy things or if they're a vet, they can't go there and pick up things for free. The town says it's a zoning issue, while the organization says it's a money issues.
"Just so they can get a tax base. We went to a zoning meeting," said Dan Telesco, Make A Home Foundation.
"Do you think this is an issue of getting money for the town," asked News 8's Nneka Nwosu.
"Absolutely," Telesco replied. "It's terrible. We're trying to help people. This building was run down and dilapidated, rodent-infested. It's been cleaned up and brought up to code. Now that all of that's done they're saying close up."
"That's what we're here for to help them and we want to keep doing that," Ghent said.
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