SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There will soon be a new 20-unit apartment building on Cass Street in Springfield to house homeless veterans, or those veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless.
Veteran leaders and local officials were at the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center at 281 Franklin Street Thursday morning, to mark the start of the $2.85 million project.
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Earlier this spring, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the $2.85 million to the outreach center following a four year planning process.
The project also includes hiring social workers to assist veterans who will reside here with transitional assistance and other supportive services.
Construction on the $2.85 million dollar project is expected to start in August and be finished by July of next year. Veterans say it’s important to ensure everyone’s needs are met as they return home.
Betty Borders, an Air Force veteran, said, “I think for the Afghanistan and Iraq vets that return it’ll be good for them to know that when they return there will be a place they might be able to stay. Everyone always wants to know that someone cares about them, you know?”
The executive Director of the Bilingual Veterans Center spearheaded this project. He’s a veteran who wants to ensure those who return home to western mass are taken care of.