Military Matters

Aug 6, 2013 7:10 PM by Melissa Anderson (melissa@kxlh.com)

Proposed homeless veterans facility will be reviewed by MT Board of Housing

HELENA - A proposed housing project for homeless veterans at Fort Harrison will soon be heard before the Montana Board of Housing.

The four-building project is the second phase of a two-phased proposal to help veterans statewide.

The new housing would be built between the old historical buildings from the ground up.

The organizers of the project, Communities For Veterans, hope to land tax credits to help fund the much needed housing.

"You know just the general idea that these are men and women who served our country and really laid everything on the line for us so we can enjoy our freedoms back here at home and live in a free country. But also we'd really like to hold a show of support among the local veterans around here who would support this type of project . So I think if we can show the Montana Board of Housing that there's a big need for this and a big show of support then I think that would really help our cause," said project manager Adam Gratzer.

The first phase of the project, which would have refurbished 11 of the current buildings at the site, was denied by the state board. It has since been under litigation.

In 2012, there were an estimated 323 homeless veterans reported statewide.

A meeting in front of the Board of Housing is scheduled for Monday August 12, at 10:00 am at the MACO Building in Helena.

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