The fifth Freedom’s Path property will breathe new life into a set of abandoned buildings on the campus of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia.
Though construction is already underway, December 6, 2016 marked the ceremonial start of renovation of the three historic buildings that will become Freedom’s Path at Augusta through a lease agreement with the medical center. The buildings, empty for decades, once housed psychiatric patients and nursing quarters. By late 2017, they will be transformed into 98 units of permanent, affordable housing for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. Poor weather brought the groundbreaking ceremony inside, but it did not dampen the hopes of those who attended, who expressed their support for a project that will restore historical buildings while helping address homelessness in the area. Future residents will also be eligible for supportive services within the community through Solutions for Veterans.
The property is expected to open approximately one year from now at the end of December 2017. The four other Freedom’s Path properties are in Vancouver, Washington; Hines, Illinois; Chillicothe, Ohio; and Kerrville, Texas.
Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center serves approximately 44,826 veterans in Georgia and South Carolina.