Changes are coming to the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center in Dublin, Georgia that will benefit homeless veterans and their families.
Two historic buildings on the facility’s campus will be renovated into 22 studio and 22 one-bedroom apartments that will house homeless and near-homeless veterans and their families.
The renovations are possible thanks to a 10-year, $625,000 per year tax credit Freedom’s Path at Dublin was awarded by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
The credits will also allow for the construction of six new two-bedroom apartments.
“As veterans come to our medical center for residential rehabilitation programs, we will have options for low-cost, permanent housing solutions so veterans can continue to get their care on our campus,” said David Whitmer, medical center director.
The project was developed jointly by VA, Solutions for Veterans, Garrison for Veterans, and the Dublin Housing Authority.
“I am very excited to see this much-needed project come to our local VA Hospital,” said Dublin Mayor Phil Best. “The city has and will support our VA 100 percent and assist in any way we can to make it a success.”
The two-bedroom units are being developed to serve small households, which may include female veterans or two-parent households with a child.
“To solve veteran homelessness, we need the full support of the public and private sectors,” said Craig Taylor, president of Solutions for Veterans. “This is a great example of what can be done to serve those who served us so well.”
Taylor said there are more than 600 homeless veterans in Georgia.
The veteran-centric, permanent-supportive housing community will bring jobs and nearly $10 million of economic investment to the City of Dublin and Laurens County, according to VAMC officials.
Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com
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