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Discount apartments accommodate homeless vets

Posted June 26, 2013

— A new apartment complex just for veterans opened Wednesday in Wake County. The affordable housing units at Sunnybrook Road apartments are the first in the county built specifically for homeless vets.
 
Each of the 10 one-bedroom units will accommodate a veteran who previously had no place to call home. Vets will only have to pay 30 percent of their income towards the rent.

Bill Wiatrak, an unemployed Army veteran currently living in a shelter, reacted with amazement. "That I have an apartment after all I've been through, it feels like a payback for me getting well," he said. 

The project is spearheaded by the non-profit group, CASA and was funded by the City of Raleigh, Wake County and HUD.

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  • ncveteranswife Jul 5, 2:48 p.m.

    wildpig777: How many homeless vets have told you they are homeless by choice? I'm just curious to know.

  • wildpig777 Jul 3, 6:36 p.m.

    The on ground level, life size "whipped pups," on-the-run looking-up-for-rescue statue of Vietnam soldiers on Capitol Square is a disgrace, not an honor. It celebrates nothing, glorifies nothing. The country calls, they answered - the best of us -djo

    i totally agree. further most homeless vets are homeless by choice.....

  • vtda Jul 1, 9:20 a.m.

    AMEN ncveteranswife!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ncveteranswife Jun 27, 5:29 p.m.

    djofraleigh: Not sure I understand your comment...You should be more grateful for your FREEDOM...It's not FREE, someone FOUGHT for it. As far as the free healthcare & free education aid, it was EARNED. By the way, my husband DID not choose to go to IRAQ, he was TOLD TO!!!

  • whatelseisnew Jun 27, 1:35 p.m.

    "Great for the vet, but what about other homeless people?"

    What about them? If you have space provide it to them. except for people mentally or physically incapable it is up to everyone to see to their own needs.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 27, 1:34 p.m.

    "There should be no such thing as a homeless vet."

    Well, if you have space provide it to one of them. So far as this program goes it is another discriminatory program. If Government is going to take money to subsidize housing, then either EVERYONE gets a subsidy or no one gets a subsidy. Now if these folks are disabled I would make an exception for that. I am a vet and unless I was completely incapable of looking out for myself, I would never accept a Government handout because the Government must TAKE money from someone else. Given these kinds of things are done, at least the vets have done something to earn the privilege.

  • djofraleigh Jun 27, 1:21 p.m.

    Great for the vet, but what about other homeless people? Vets get a lot already, from free health care to education aid. In my four years, I looked around and saw the 'cream of the crop,' not the pathetic picture painted by media of what they became. Someone shoots and headlines read "ex-Marine" if they were. Why?

    Vets get painted as losers or wasted or mentally damaged. There's the VA for those in need. Most vets are productive, responsible citizens who can maintain themselves financially and keep close support with and from family and friends. In fact, they're the best!

    This "here's a vet, he needs help" or the "there's a active duty military family so they must need a collection taken up" picture painted by media is wrong and harmful.

    The on ground level, life size "whipped pups," on-the-run looking-up-for-rescue statue of Vietnam soldiers on Capitol Square is a disgrace, not an honor. It celebrates nothing, glorifies nothing. The country calls, they answered - the best of us

  • madeuce2010 Jun 27, 11:39 a.m.

    There should be no such thing as a homeless vet.

  • CharmedLife Jun 26, 7:05 p.m.

    Should have done this a long time ago.

  • Vietnam Vet Jun 26, 4:35 p.m.

    Better late than never I guess... Been a long time coming! Fandangtastic!!!

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