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Builders break ground on apartments for homeless Raleigh vets

Posted June 25, 2014

— Builders broke ground Wednesday on the second and final phase of a Raleigh apartment complex for homeless veterans.

Last year, 10 former U.S. service members moved into one-bedroom apartments at Sunnybrook Apartments for Veterans on Sunnybrook Road.

CASA, the nonprofit building and managing the apartments, says the new phase will provide another 10 permanent, affordable homes for veterans who might currently be living on the streets, in shelters or out of their cars.

Residents pay 30 percent of their monthly income toward rent.

"When you don't know how to help or make a difference, the needs of our veterans can seem overwhelming," CASA’s chief executive officer, Debra King, said. "The solution to homelessness is very straightforward. We need to build and renovate more affordable housing options. These homes will make a tremendous difference for our veterans who we hope will never be homeless again."

Army Veteran William Wiatrak moved into the apartments last year after he lost his home and business.

“It feels like home,” he said Wednesday.

Construction costs are funded by the city of Raleigh, Wake County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

CASA maintains the housing through donations.


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  • John Paul Bertke Jun 26, 2014
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    I didn't know where Sunnybrook was located, but I knew right away it wouldn't be in Cary or North Raleigh, who always shirk their share of responsibility to provide limited-income housing in our city.

    But more importantly: it is so great to see this happening for our heroic defenders. East Raleigh is much safer than most other American cities. I've been in 46 states, and can speak to that.

    I hope that even more veteran housing is in the pipeline!

  • Billy the Kid Jun 26, 2014

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    Better than being homeless! Best wishes for these vets!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 26, 2014

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    Yes, if a Veteran can manage to get the VAMC/Durham & Fayetteville to assign them to it first.

    You can't just walk into the Sunnybrook VA Clinic. It generally takes months of visits and appointments at either the VAMC/Durham or Fayetteville hospitals before they'll finally assign you to a clinic closer to your home like this one is.

    And frankly, I'm afraid to go to that one alone because of where it's located.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 26, 2014

    Blessed they are being helped, but Sunnybrook isn't the safest area of town.

  • Knightwolf Jun 26, 2014

    The VA Outpatient Clinic is also very close by on Sunnybrook. :)

  • nobodyknow420 Jun 26, 2014

    awesome work

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  • Brandon White Jun 26, 2014
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    Hoo-rah. I am now in Elizabethtown, going to send a donation. God bless you guys and all our vets.

  • mypointofview2 Jun 26, 2014

    This is a good program. How can people donate or volunteer?

  • Brian Tucker Jun 25, 2014
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    This is a wonderful program helping our Vets !