Affordable housing complex in Mount Laurel will provide housing to some homeless veterans
A new affordable housing complex that just opened in Burlington County hopes to help veterans who may be homeless.
The new complex had its official opening on Tuesday in Mount Laurel. It is geared toward getting those in need of affordable housing a safe and clean place to live.
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley say that the Centerton Village housing complex is not just for families and seniors, but for veterans as well.
“There’s a lot of folks that come back from serving our country and kind of get a handshake and pat on the back. So to be able to have a community here in Mount Laurel that’s fixing and addressing a need throughout the country – it’s a pleasure and an honor to be part of that solution,” says Mount Laurel Mayor Stephen Steglik.
A dozen units have been set aside for veterans. They range from one- to three-bedrooms. The units will be for single veterans or ones with families. The organizers say that the goal is to end veteran homelessness.
In addition to the affordable housing, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley will be on hand at the complex to offer social services they say are crucial in helping veterans make the transition.
“If they’re looking for part-time employment of full -ime employment. If they need help with paperwork, we’re going to be here,” says Angela Randall. “If they need to coordinate events or help with filling out paperwork, we’ll be here. The services range from anywhere from individual to group setting.”
The complex is located right afros from shopping, restaurants and entertainment, which will also provide employment.
“They can not only just live here, they can work here. They can play, if you will, by going to TopGolf or just having some community events outside of here with their family,” Randall says.
Volunteers of America Delaware Valley are in the process of filling the apartments, and say that about half have been leased.