Builders break ground on apartments for homeless Raleigh vets
Posted June 25, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.