The number of veterans who settle in at Veeterans Village and find a life on their own will go up in July in 2015. Last week, the city council approved VVSD's plan to build a new two story building with 20 transitional beds.
Work on building the beds, during the fifth phase in building Veterans Village on Pcific Highway, sets up the end for the housing project on the veterans campus that will offer homeless veterans the use of 238 early treatment beds and 127 transitional beds. The campus near the railroad tracks east of Kurtz Street houses veterans using employment services to get a job they can depend on to live with long term self-sufficiency.
Construction work on the two story building will begin in July. WOrkers will demolish the warehouse used as a campus hall built during the Veterans Village phase III, and, build the new transitional beds facility in its place.
Veterans will live in low rent transitional beds on the second floor. Two managers will stay in the building. The veterans will check in onthe first floor they will have clothing and donations storage, and, a break room, a gym, laundry, and a library. The second floor dayroom has room for veterans gatherings and activities.
Short walks away from teh building, on the tree landscaped campus, veterans find a courtyard and a cafeteria. With everything needed to live close by, no one has to spend life out in the street, and disturb local businesses and neighborhood living.
Phase IV work on a 24 transitional bed facility was done in December, 2012. The project added indoor community living space to the campus. At the Veterans Village project start, the campus had 87 beds.
North Bay Redevelopment Project funds set aside for housing will pay for the 1.74 million dollar final phase work.
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