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New Veterans Housing Community "Patriot Park" Opens in Carterville

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CARTERVILLE, MISSOURI -

The Veterans' Administration says about a 107,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. The Harry S. Truman Community Development Corporation (HSTCDC) is helping combat veteran homelessness in our area. They’re opening a new housing development and it's providing more than just a roof overhead.

Veterans Robert Powell and Willie Glass are the first two residents to live in “Patriot Park”, a new community in Carterville exclusively for veterans.

They've both overcome drug and alcohol addictions at a local transitional housing program, and are excited to soon be neighbors.

"Living in a community, residential area like that with several different veterans…it's a lot of different personalities and spirits up in there. And everybody doesn't get along all the time. But this right here will give me a sense of peace to come home to something comforting,” says Desert Storm Veteran Willie Glass.

For many veterans struggling to get back on their feet “Patriot Park” offers them a chance to start fresh and regain their independence.

Powell says "I'm ready reintegrate into society now today, because I've saved up and worked. If I would've had to go to another place to a regular apartment building or something I'd be paying four, five, six hundred dollars a month."

While many veterans like Powell and Glass may come from transitional housing, “Patriot Park” offers accommodations for all income eligible veterans. The park features a 475 square foot single units all under $400 a month and complete with the modern amenities

HSTCDC Community Development Specialist Bryan West says "It's an honor to be able to serve the veterans in this way and any way we can really. But for us to be able to provide these and provide a place for them to call home. We're very excited to be a part of that."

Glass says he's anxious to move in and ready to start a new chapter in his life.

"It's a good fear, it's a healthy fear. I'm looking forward to it. I’m motivated about it. And I want to see if I can do this, which I know I can."

Glass says he will soon attend Crowder College to become a substance abuse counselor like Powell. There are ten units still available. To qualify veterans must meet specific income qualifications. If you’re interested in applying for housing at Patriot Park call Bryan West at 417-649-6400.

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