(KMTR) -- After two-and-a-half years of planning, construction for the Eagle Landing Homeless Housing project is now underway. The facility will be one of first of its kind in the US
, providing housing for homeless veterans and veterans who are at risk of homelessness.
The US Department of Veteran's Affairs has a big goal to end homelessness among our veterans by the year 2015. Through a partnership of NeighborWorks Umqua, the VA, and UCAN, the Eagle Landing project will help bring the Veteran's Affairs department closer to their goal.
“We really appreciate all of those that have helped in funding, helped in putting together our proposal, our contractors,” says Karan Reed of NeighborWorks Umqua. “That's something. This is going to provide a lot of jobs in the next year, in our community.”
The apartments will be located just past the south entrance to the VA Roseburg Campus. The VA has leased out about five acres of land for the project. They also contributed a million dollars.
Other donors for the twelve million dollar project include Oregon Housing and Community Services, Enterprise Community Partners, Wells Fargo Bank, the Meyer Memorial Trust Fund, the Collins Foundation, Rural LISC and NeighborWorks America.
The apartments will have 54 units available for veterans, 44 singles, and ten two- to 3-bedroom apartments for families.
The complex should be finished and ready for move-in about this time next year.