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Detroit Transforms A Building Into Permanent Housing For Veterans

 Four organizations along with the national partners made use of their relationship to reduce homelessness among veterans. 

November 7, 2023

A veteran named Tucker was finding a comfortable way to live after leaving his job and learned about the recently renovated 60-unit apartment building for veterans like him. He was the first veteran to move into the building. 

The building gives homeless veterans a much-needed permanent housing option while stripping away rental barriers such as bad credit. These barriers prevent the veterans from securing a suitable apartment for themselves. 

Detroit is one of the 100 communities in the United States that has joined a “Built for Zero” campaign. The study conducted on this reveals that veterans form the most of the homeless population compared to the non-veterans. 

The scarcity of affordable housing in downtown complicates the search for accommodation for veterans, underscoring the need for accessible, permanent housing solutions. Once housed, veterans attain greater stability and security, which allows them to improve their health and well-being and concentrate on other aspects of their lives, such as employment or education.

The department wants to end homelessness by connecting veterans to medical care, mental healthcare, and permanent housing programs. 

As per the data by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness dropped from 348 to 119. The Department of Veteran Affairs Grant and Per Diem Program (GPD) provides funds to the agencies assisting veterans experiencing homelessness. 

For instance, the Highland Park Apartment Building provides a permanent housing option to veterans to enable them to live. 

The key is to keep momentum and collaboration to keep the veterans off the streets. 

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Catolico Eleanore. “In Detroit, A Building Is Transformed Into Permanent Housing For Veterans Experiencing Homelessness”. Next City, October 26, 2023, 

In Detroit, A Building Is Transformed Into Permanent Housing For Veterans Experiencing Homelessness (nextcity.org)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021