James Mead, who said he spent 24 years in the Navy, is the commander for the Korean War Veterans of southwest Washington. He said the 50-unit apartment building will take a lot of veterans off the streets.
“It’s going to lift up the spirits of the veterans,” he said.
The VA has made ending homelessness among veterans a priority.
Joanne Krumberger, director of the Portland VA Health Care System, called the new apartment building a “miracle.”
“Think about how many people who would’ve had to lay their heads down on the cement and they’re going to be able to lie their heads down in an apartment building,” she said.
Crews have already started construction. The facility will have studio and one-bedroom apartments, and is scheduled to open June 2016.