On May 26, 2016 the Columbia Housing Authority and the Truman VA celebrated the completion of the Patriot Place Apartments, twenty-five (25) one-bedroom apartments for Veterans participating in the Housing and Urban Development – Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program.
The HUD-VASH program, created in 2008 by the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, provides housing assistance and supportive services to Veterans. The Columbia Housing Authority and the Truman VA Hospital currently administer 118 HUD-VASH housing vouchers with supportive services provided by the Truman VA. Since its inception, the CHA and the Truman VA have served more than 200 Veterans through this program. Veterans are able to transition out of the HUD-VASH program and continue to receive housing assistance through the housing authority once they no longer need supportive services from the Truman VA.
The Patriot Place Apartments contain twenty-five (25) fully-furnished one-bedroom apartments and a fitness room, computer lab, and laundry facilities. The apartments also include an office that is fully staffed by a HUD/VASH Program Coordinator from the Truman VA who will provide supportive services to the Veterans. The building utilizes energy efficient construction, appliances, and HVAC to create an energy efficient building. Utility services are provided at no cost to the Veterans.
The adjoining property has been developed by Welcome Home, Inc., a local shelter for homeless Veterans. This site allows Welcome Home, Inc. to expand its current housing capacity for homeless Veterans to thirty-two (32) temporary shelter beds. The creation of a new Welcome Home facility also allows them to serve female Veterans. The new Welcome Home Emergency and Transitional Shelter opened its doors in September 2017.
The Welcome Home Shelter contains a Supportive Services Center that houses supportive services staff from Welcome Home and the Truman VA Hospital and includes programming space, a kitchen and dining room, computer lab, laundry facilities, and a patio.
The Patriot Place and Welcome Home properties are located at 2112 Business Loop 70 East, the former site of a small motel. These two projects have completely transformed this site and created a beautiful community setting for our Veterans. The site encompasses 4.2 acres with the housing developments on the north end of the property with Patriot Park to the south. Patriot Park is 2 acres of green space that contains a picnic pavilion, walking trail, gardens, and a dog park to enhance the lives of our Veterans. An orchard will be planted in the fall of 2017.
The one-bedroom Patriot Place – Apartments for Veterans project is funded with a combination of sources including 25 HUD-VASH housing vouchers which provide a permanent rent subsidy, 4% low-income housing tax credits and grant funds from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines and the Missouri Foundation for Health. The final funding to complete this project came from local donors Veterans United Home Loans and the Shelter Insurance Companies. Their commitment to Veterans and our community helped to make the Patriot Place Apartments a reality.
The cost of the project was $4.5 million. Construction of the Patriot Place – Apartments for Veterans was completed in April 2016. The first Veterans moved into the Patriot Place Apartments on Monday, April 11, 2016. All 25 apartments were fully occupied by the end of July 2016. With the help of local sponsors, all 25 apartments are fully-furnished to meet the needs of our Veterans.
“It is very gratifying to know how many people came together to help us complete this project for our Veterans,” said Phil Steinhaus, CEO of the Columbia Housing Authority. “In a little over 26 months we went from an idea to completing the apartments. The outpouring of support from organizations and individuals, big and small, has been incredible!” Steinhaus said. “The Truman VA has been an amazing partner throughout the whole process and will be on-site full-time to meet the needs of the Veterans living at Patriot Place.” As they reestablish self-sufficiency, Veterans transitioning out of the HUD-VASH program will continue to be supported with Housing Choice Vouchers provided by the Columbia Housing Authority. These housing vouchers can be used anywhere in our community or the United States, giving our Veterans additional housing choices to meet their needs.
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