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Homeless vets to get housing in SR

Homeless veterans will get a transitional housing facility in southwest Santa Rosa under plans for a $2 million project aimed at serving soldiers from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts as well as the Vietnam War.

Vietnam Veterans of California, which has similar projects for temporarily housing veterans in Petaluma, Sacramento and Eureka, will own and operate the facility at 2149 West Hearn Ave. It is scheduled to open in April.

The group, which started in the early 1970s in Sonoma County as the Flower of the Dragon, became a model for national agencies assisting Vietnam veterans.

The project in southwest Santa Rosa involves remodeling the former residential care center built in the 1950s, with a new roof, floors and windows.

Last week, Sonoma County supervisors allocated $1.1 million in state housing funds for acquisition of the property and building renovation. Later this month, the city of Santa Rosa?s housing authority will get a request for $865,000 that will cover the rest of the project?s cost.


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