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New, mixed-income apartments help veterans move forward

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) —  The Garden Terrace Apartments on the city’s north side are officially open.

The apartment building features 50 units where 15 of those units are going to provide housing for homeless veterans. Amenities include a greenhouse, community room, energy efficient appliances, washer/dryers in-unit, and the Kane St. Garden. The one, two, and three bedroom apartments are available for people of all incomes.

“This is a model that should be replicated not only in the Midwest but throughout the nation,” said Joseph Galvan, Midwest regional administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The $10.6 million dollar project has been supported by the city of La Crosse’s Community Development Block Grant Loan from the U.S. Department of Housing, TIF, and City Flood Plain Grant. These grants are designed to allow states to invest in their communities with the idea that the investments will eventually support the neighborhood’s economy. Home Depot also donated $200,000 for the construction of the garden terrace. One of the most exciting opportunities that these partners are applauding is giving homeless veterans a fresh start.

“It’s just a breath of fresh air, and it’s like thank you,” said new resident and Navy Veteran Joann Harris. “I’m so grateful for all who took part in this major development and making this possible for vets.”

Harris found out about the new apartment through the Housing of Urban Development’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program. She’s excited to utilize the amenities like the Kane St. Garden down the road and the cooking class.

“HUD provides vouchers for veterans to make sure that we can end homelessness and we provide those through the housing authority of the city of La Crosse,” said Galvan.

With the a new home and a new community, Harris can pursue her future goals, and access the resources she needs to develop a bright future.

“I’ve never felt that sense of belonging like I feel here,” said Harris.

The apartment building is located at 809 Kane St, La Crosse, WI 54603.

 

 

 

Mike Beiermeister

WXOW Weekend Anchor and Reporter

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