Governor Earmarks $2.4 Million in Support of U.S. VETS Project to Provide Affordable Veteran Housing at VA Fort Whipple Campus

U.S. VETS announced it will receive $2.4 million in new funding for its supportive housing project at Fort Whipple to assist homeless veterans. Sponsored by Rep. Quang Nguyen, the appropriation is part of Governor Ducey’s new state budget.

“This investment demonstrates that Representative Nguyen recognizes the urgency of our need to help our veterans, who have been especially hard hit by the shortage of affordable housing,” said Carole Benedict, executive director of U.S. VETS-Prescott. “We are grateful for his advocacy on behalf of the veterans in our community. This funding will help us provide a home and a stable future for our vulnerable senior veterans who need a safe place to live.”

U.S. VETS is partnering with Gorman & Company as a co-developer to convert historic officer quarters and build 103 new housing units on the Department of Veteran Affairs’ Fort Whipple campus, specifically targeted to senior veterans experiencing homelessness or at risk. The campus will also offer supportive services, including case management, counseling, workforce development and healthcare in partnership with the VA—and ensure expanded services for veterans in the community.

Construction is set to begin June 2023 with an anticipated opening in July 2024.

The $28 million dollar project has also secured a $3 million dollar commitment from the Arizona Department of Housing, $100,000 from the Arizona Department of Veteran Services and $66,000 in community development block grants from the City of Prescott.

A ceremonial check presentation was held at the project location on the VA campus on July 7th.

U.S. VETS is the nation’s largest nonprofit with boots on the ground to combat the epidemic of veteran homelessness by providing housing, jobs, counseling and supportive services to homeless and at-risk veterans and families. Learn more at www.usvets.org.

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