The Mather Veterans Village project is a collaboration of five agencies and a local architectural firm to create a three story, garden style community for homeless and disabled veterans.
There are 93,000 veterans in Sacramento County and approximately 12 percent are homeless. Mercy Housing, Veterans Resource Centers of America , the City of Rancho Cordova and the County of Sacramento collaborated to find a variety of grants and funding sources to make the project possible.
Phase one was dedicated August 31 and includes 50 housing units. Phase two and three will include an additional 50 housing units and supportive services, a commercial kitchen and some transitional housing.
George, who served as a repairman in the army, just moved into his new home. He served for seven years and then drugs stole several more.
"I was living in my car and one Friday," Geroge said. "I prayed 'Lord, I know you didn't send me here to live like this,' and Saturday, I got the call."
As the finishing touches go into phase one of the Mather Veterans Village, city leaders are already planning for more veterans to move in, and George and the other residents wait for more of their brothers and sisters to arrive.
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