DETROIT (WWJ) - Volunteers of America Michigan, the leading provider of homeless veteran services in Michigan, will break ground on a new transitional housing program for homeless veterans Thursday, May 12th.
The year-round program will provide 24 months of transitional housing and case management for up to 60 homeless veterans at a time.
Located at 253 East Milwaukee in Detroit, The Detroit Veterans Housing Program was funded by the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Home Loan Bank, Huntington Bank and The Home Depot Foundation.
The Groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Thursday at 11:30 am.
Deputy Mayor Saul Green, Major General Robert W. Smith and representatives from Huntington Bank and The Home Depot Foundation will all be in attendance.
“We are thrilled to be bringing a whole new level of service to homeless veterans in Detroit,” Alex Brodrick, President and CEO of Volunteers of America Michigan, said in a release. “We are committed to helping end homelessness for veterans and that commitment has brought us to this moment. The Detroit Veterans Housing Program will be the first step out of the cycle of homelessness for many vets, and we are excited to be providing that service.”
Volunteers of America Michigan currently operates three residential programs for homeless veterans: two transitional housing programs in Lansing and one transitional housing program located in Niles.
With nearly one in three homeless men an armed services veteran, these programs provide sorely needed, life-changing opportunities for homeless veterans.
Eighty-three percent of the veterans that complete the Volunteers of America Michigan transitional housing programs make the successful return to independent living.
To learn more about Volunteers of America and their work in Michigan, visit voami.org.