The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a grant in the amount of $262,925.00 to the Non-Profit Development Corporation of Danbury (NPDCD) to acquire and renovate a site to serve as a  transitional housing facility for veterans.  The project, to be known as "Vet House," is a key component of Danbury's "Housing For Heroes" initiative to address the housing needs of veterans.  The initiative is a collaborative effort of the Veterans Housing Workgroup chaired by Michael McLachlan.  NPDCD President Paul J. Valeri, a Vietnam veteran, will oversee renovation and management of the facility.  Partners in this effort include the City of Danbury, the Housing Authority of the City of Danbury, the Danbury Housing Partnership, Catholic Charities of Fairfield County and the Dream Homes Community Center.  The workgroup has also worked closely with representatives of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in developing the "Housing For Heroes" model.

"Vet House" will provide transitional housing for six veterans for up to two years as they receive supportive services and prepare to move into permanent housing.  The facility will also include four SRO-style permanent units for veterans.  Clink on the link below to see a copy of the press release issued by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA Press Release

September 23, 2008