Helping veterans help themselves, construction nearing completion on affordable housing project

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Construction is moving forward on a new affordable housing project.

Helping veterans help themselves starts with providing basic needs, like a place to call home. “That’s the problem. There’s just not a lot of safe, affordable housing,” said Myra Wilkey, executive director at Mental Health America of Vigo County.

The non-profit is behind a new $4.9-million initiative in Terre Haute. “This is a high-volume call area that was showing a high need for housing and affordable housing for veterans,” said Wilkey.

Liberty Village apartment complex at 2800 Elm Street will feature 30 units. They are intended for homeless veterans and their families. Those applying don’t need to have a source of income.

“Which is really nice, and then we can help them work towards employment and self-sufficiency,” said Wilkey.

Local public systems spend more than $80-million each year to manage homelessness through emergency rooms, jails and shelters.

“I think anytime you meet people’s basic needs that’s just a tremendous benefit, because then all of the other aspects of their lives can continue on or be put back together,” said Wilkey.

Construction is expected to be complete by the end of November.

If you’re interested in helping with fundraising efforts you can call Mental Health America of Vigo County at (812) 232-5681.

 

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