The Milwaukee Soldiers Home campus announced on March 22 that it has leased half of its available supportive housing units to veterans and their families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The significant milestone comes just days after the first residents moved into the recently restored buildings on the campus. The restoration project returned six historic buildings to the service of veterans, which together provide 101 housing units across the Soldiers Home campus.

“We’re honored to collaborate with a strong team of community partners to return a piece of national history to the service of veterans,” said Eduardo M. Garza, Jr., President of The Center for Veteran’s Issues. “Our nation’s veterans are in critical need of resources and support, and we’re eager to connect with and welcome the next 50 veterans to this community as the leasing process continues.”

Among the six historic buildings, the restoration of the iconic Old Main building created 80 one- and two-bedroom apartment units that provide permanent housing and wraparound support services for veterans and their families. As Soldiers Home residents, veterans enjoy large community spaces, a resource center, fitness area, counseling services, and health care available through the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.

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This article was originally published by Milwaukee Independent.