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Housing and health facility for homeless veterans being built in south Toledo

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

- Reporting by Vanessa Fayz

A new housing facility is being built for homeless veterans. Not only will it give them a home, but it will also provide health and social services right on site.

Friday June 13 was the groundbreaking of the new facility on Garden Lake Parkway in south Toledo. It will be a 75-unit permanent supportive housing facility for veterans. It's the first of its kind in the state of Ohio, and something many say is desperately needed.

"When you bring a project like this to the community, this is absolutely huge. If this doesn't touch you in your heart, I don't know what will," said Rodney Harris.

Harris has five brothers and a son who have served, so today's groundbreaking on the permanent supportive housing facility hits close to home.

"It's our obligation. It's our duty to make sure that they have a place to live, a safe place to live, knowing that we're grateful for what they're doing for us, because these people, they're not drafted anymore. They do this voluntarily," said Harris.

The housing facility at the Commons at Garden Lake is a $12.5 million project.

"It provides healthcare, access to healthcare near the Margaret Hunt Senior Center. It's part of a community, and it's something we've needed in this region for a very long time," said Marcy Kaptur.

Many in the community say they're hopeful that this will not only house and support veterans, but also show them that they're appreciated for everything they've done.

"Veterans are very proud people. We have to be there to recognize that they need help, and then just to help them," said Harris.

This will be the second permanent supportive housing facility for veterans built by the National Church Residences. They are expecting to have it built by summer 2015.

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