VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - Federal, state and local officials broke ground today on a $6.6 million project to assist disabled veterans in Virginia Beach.
Cedar Grove Apartments are designed to become permanent housing for disabled veterans of the U.S. Armed forces.
"Veterans can talk to veterans, where they can't talk to other people about what's going on with them and what's happened to them," Veteran William Duncan said.
The complex will have 32 apartments, 16 of which will be fully accessible and three that will be sensory accessible, according to a press release. In addition to the rooms, there will be a resident community room, fitness room and locked entry with an intercom system, elevator, adjacent parting and green space.
Terrie Suit, the Virginia Secretary of Veteran's Affairs, said, "We're gonna need more, we're gonna need more. But, you know, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time."
Officials hope Cedar Grove will be a model for the rest of the state.
According to Barbara Barnes with Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation (VBCDC) , the project was funded by the following sources:
- Virginia Dept. of Housing & Community Development - Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant - $780,000
- City of Virginia Beach Local HOME Program funds - $450,000
- VHDA REACH loan - $1,177,000
- Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits - $3,500,000
- Virginia Dept. of Housing & Community Development HOME Loan- $540,000
- U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development & Virginia Beach Dept. of Housing & Neighborhood Preservation - 32 Project Based Section 8 Vouchers
- Developer's contribution/private grants - $166,014
Congressman Scott Rigell, Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs Terrie Suit, the Richmond director of HUD were in attendance at today's groundbreaking, which was hosted by VBCDC and Southeastern Virginia Housing Corporation.
The apartment complex should open next spring.
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