BRIDGEPORT - Connecticut's first housing facility for homeless female veterans opened today in Bridgeport.

The home was named after Nicholas Maderas, a soldier from Wilton, who was killed in Iraq five years ago. Today also would have been Maderas' 25th birthday.

There were about 200 people gathered outside the home today.

Female vets will be able to move into the home as early as Monday. The home will be able to take on 15 veterans at a time, and residency will be limited to two years.

Officials say residents will be offered free counseling, health care and assistance with finding jobs.