Veterans struggling with chronic homelessness will soon have access to new housing as construction got underway on Tuesday on a 100-unit efficiency apartment complex on the campus of the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.
With an expected completion date of summer 2017, the $14.3 million project, known as Veterans East and developed by the nonprofit Community Housing Development Corp. (CHDC), will provide on-site support services for health care, case management, life skills, financial management, VA benefits, and education and employment resources.
The effort is the latest in a series of collaborations among local, state and federal government agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector to address veteran homelessness. Last week, the federal government announced the number of homeless veterans in the United States had been cut nearly in half since 2010.
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