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Raleigh council approves housing project for homeless vets

Posted February 20, 2013

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— The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday approved funding to build an additional phase of an affordable housing project aimed at getting homeless veterans in Wake County off the street.

A $1.2 million, 10-unit apartment building, subsidized by the city, Wake County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, is already scheduled to open in May at 409 Sunnybrook Road.

Tuesday's vote was in favor of spending $400,000 to help build an additional 10-unit apartment building.

Three of the apartments will be reserved for vets earning less than 30 percent of the area's median income; vets earning less than 40 percent will qualify for the remaining units.

The project will be the city's 16th joint venture rental housing unit.

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  • gman007 Feb 21, 11:30 a.m.

    I like the fact that they are being built near the VA's Raleigh Outpatient Clinic.

  • my2cents-justsaying Feb 21, 9:40 a.m.

    Not all vets get free healthcare! And not all vets get royally screwed! There is a mix out there. I think that the military should focus on mental health services so that PTSD, TBI, etc. doesn't effect them for the rest of their life.

    P.S. @MitziGaynor-- why can't a welfare or food stamp recipient be getting a "hand up" too? Why do they have to be getting a hand out? Seems derogatory to me...And why is there always a diss to food stamps and liberals somewhere in the comments no matter the subject matter of the article...

  • djofraleigh Feb 20, 7:57 p.m.

    Why are Vets more privileged than other homeless? Vets get free health care, too. It's been 40 years since I was in uniform and since then, since Nam, Vets have been portrayed as mentally ill losers and nuts. There's a statue on Capitol Square of three Vietnam era solders that celebrates nothing, honors no one but shows three whipped men, one wounded, looking to the sky for a chopper to to save them. I see non-profits begging donations for soldier's families, as if they are dependent on begging to live. Something is wrong in our stereotype of Vets.

  • OneLove Feb 20, 5:22 p.m.

    Good! Our Vets should have homes!