Groundbreaking Held for New Project for Homeless Veterans
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Getting homeless veterans off the streets. That’s the goal of a new housing project in Springfield.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held where the 20-unit apartment building on Cass Street will stand.
The Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center is leading the project.
Earlier this year, the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development awarded the center nearly $3 million to build the complex and it’s not just the veterans that need the shelter.
“There’s a consistent need for homeless veterans, but we are also beginning to see a new and increasing need for housing for families of veterans. It’s not just the veteran anymore,” says Thomas Belton, Director of the Department of Veterans Services in Springfield
The project also includes hiring a social worker to help veterans with transitional assistance and other support services.