Housing for homeless and low-income veterans coming to Green Bay
By Gabrielle Mays
GREEN BAY - It's taken two and a half years but low-income and homeless veterans will soon have a new place to stay.A new 50 unit apartment building will be on Green Bay's far northeast side.All of the overgrown grass and weeds will be taken away soon to make room for Veterans Manor.The estamated cost of the project is $7.5 million.Patrick Kloster is a veteran and he says the housing facility is long overdue."Having one here that's more regional and can help the veterans here is just phenomenal," said Patrick Kloster.The Brown County Homeless and Housing Coalition estimates veterans make up 5 to 6 percent of the county's homeless population.The facility will also offer transitional housing for veterans."When they're coming back and they're transitioning from military life to civilian life, having that support base is really critical for them to be able to transition successfully," said Troy Streckenbach, Brown County Executive.The facility will include a technology center, a community room, and a fitness center."All of the units are fully subsidized with Section 8 vouchers. So basically, a veteran will probably pay no more than 30 percent of their income," said Robert Cocroft.Cocroft is the President and CEO of the Center for Veterans Issues in Milwaukee which is also behind the new facility coming to the area.He says he wants to provide the same services to Northeast Wisconsin."We'll be able to provide claims services. We'll be able to provide and make referrals relative to mental health services," Cocroft said.Money to fund the project includes loans, grants, and a low-income Housing Tax Credit from the state.Brown County officials say the goal is for Veterans Manor to open its doors Memorial Day 2015.
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