TOLEDO (June 13, 2014)  – Joined by Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins, Lucas County Commission President Carol Contrada and Ann Arbor VA Director Robert McDivitt, Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (Ohio-9) helped break ground today on a 75-unit permanent supportive housing community for veterans in south Toledo.
“This project is the culmination of a three-decade-long journey to make sure that veterans get shelter—and shelter with care,” said Congresswoman Kaptur, who led efforts to form a partnership among the city of Toledo, Lucas County, the Area Office on Aging, and the federal government to undertake the project.
Known as the Commons at Garden Lake, the $12.5 million facility is scheduled for completion next summer.
According to Columbus-based National Church Residences, the project will construct apartments with health and social services on site. National Church Residences will partner with the Ann Arbor Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital to provide the services.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved 35 rental subsidy vouchers for residents at the Commons at Garden Lake. These vouchers, the first of their kind to be issued in Ohio, will be administered by Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority and Ann Arbor VA.
The Lucas County Veterans Service Commission will cover the cost of furniture for the units, and Veterans Matter will provide security deposits.
The Commons at Garden Lake is the second of National Church Residences’ permanent supportive housing communities specifically for veterans. The first was the Commons at Livingston in Columbus. Phase 1 of that community opened in 2012, and Phase 2 opened in 2014. A third such community is being planned for Atlanta.
Also speaking at the event were representatives of the Toledo-Lucas County Veterans Homelessness Board, Veterans Matter, and The Home Depot Foundation.
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