Center Township trustee Jean Lushin said the Jackson Street Commons project has taken on a special significance to him when he considers the many veterans who have fought in Iraq or Afghanistan and currently are struggling to find jobs and housing.
“I think the current profile of a homeless veteran might be different than it is in the minds of a lot of people,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a great facility. Not every community has one of these. I think a lot of times these become known as a shelter for the homeless, but the reality is that this is a place for them to have a home.”
Along with 22 single apartments, the building will have five larger apartments for married couples, a large community kitchen and day room. Dennis said FSA has received 10 housing applications so far.
To be eligible for housing, applicants must be homeless veterans who have been honorably discharged and have a disabling mental health condition or physical disability. Outside of housing, Dennis noted the facility also will devote four offices to providing counseling for veterans.
Howard County Board of Commissioners President Paul Wyman applauded the efforts of the FSA in helping bring services to local veterans.
“We’re honored and thrilled to continue to support this great project for veterans in our community,” he said. “I think it looks wonderful from what I’ve seen so far.”
Martin Slagter can be reached at 765-454-8570, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @slagterm.