MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — On the eve of Veterans Day, there was some much-needed support for our Armed Service members in Meriden.
Tuesday, Governor Ned Lamont cut the ribbon on a new multi-million-dollar veterans housing development in Meriden called Hanover Place. It’s nine-units of housing designated for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
“One-in-five of homeless males are veterans. This housing is needed. And although it’s nine units here in our city, I’d like to say to those veterans, ‘welcome home,'” said Mayor Kevin Scarpati
The project includes state-of-the-art heating and cooling units. There are also 10 geothermal wells, green energy appliances, and solar energy panels on the roof. All this to keep costs low.
The public-private partnership was funded by $1.65 million in state grants from the Connecticut Department of Housing, money from Federal Housing and Urban Development, and ION Community Bank.
“This is a tangible reflection of respect that we hold [for] our veterans, making sure you can afford to be in the community and town where you grew up certainly in the nation you fought for,” said Gov. Lamont.
Around the state, 4,200 units of workforce housing are under construction with a $125 million investment from the state.
These homes are being furnished with towels, toiletries, and cleaning products through generous donations that fill an entire community room. All from civic groups in Meriden.
Hilda Santiago said of Hanover Place that it “will be a safe haven.”
Residents – who are veterans – will pay rent on a sliding scale.
Advocates say chronic veteran homelessness was eliminated a few years ago in Connecticut. But they point out developments like Hanover Place hope to keep that fight in check.