With the opening of three Freedom’s Path properties, 2016 provided 159 brand new housing units for homeless Veterans in communities around the country, each being served by Solutions for Veterans so that the residents have better access to community resources.
After five years of dedicated work and a great deal of support from elected officials and local veterans, Freedom’s Path at Kerrville officially opened outside San Antonio, Texas on January 28, 2016. The complex provides 49 units and already housed 18 residents at the ribbon cutting early last year. For residents receiving care at the Kerrville VA Medical Center, the location—on land leased from the hospital—is ideal.
The new property in Vancouver, Washington provides 50 affordable units—40 of which are designated specifically for Veterans with vouchers from Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing, a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development—and aims to give a quality housing option for those who have experienced long term homelessness. The complex, on land that was previously a parking lot, is on Vancouver’s Veterans Affairs Campus. Residents began moving in during late August of last year, a few weeks before the official ribbon cutting in September.
A little over a year after construction began, Freedom’s Path at Chillicothe in Ohio held its ribbon cutting on December 15, 2016 and welcomed Veterans though its doors to move into 60 units of affordable housing. With 11 units already occupied at the time, the property got a jump start on helping homeless Veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless. Two rooms in the complex are designated for case management services associated with Chillicothe Veterans Affairs.
All of the properties are located on VA campuses and have amenities like cyber cafes, fitness centers, laundry rooms, and media rooms.