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Apartments for homeless vets funded by SECU
RALEIGH, N.C. (12/8/08)--State Employees' CU (SECU) members, through the SECU Foundation, are providing permanent financing for transitional housing for homeless veterans in Durham, N.C.
State Employees' CU (SECU), through the SECU Foundation, Raleigh, N.C., is helping develop the Maple Court Apartments, to provide permanent financing for transitional housing for homeless veterans in Durham, N.C. Pictured is the construction site. (Photo provided by State Employees' CU Foundation)
The initiative is a partnership with the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency. The new facility, known as Maple Court Apartments, is being developed by Volunteers of America of the Carolinas, with support from the City of Durham and the Veterans Administration (VA). The project responds to a large number of homeless veterans served by the VA Hospital in Durham. The vets are disabled or have chronic health problems exacerbated by the lack of safe, decent, affordable housing, said SECU. “The individuals served by Maple Court Apartments are citizens who have graciously served our country and are now suffering very difficult times,” said SECU board Chairman Shirley Bell. “This SECU Foundation project, which is a true example of the ‘People Helping People’ cooperative spirit, is providing assistance to these veterans on a much larger scale than we as individuals could begin to accomplish.” Maple Court Apartments will offer 24 rental units on a 1.6-acre site in North Durham. The Travis Porter Veterans’ Resource Center at Maple Court will be available for residents and for other veterans living at the adjacent LIFE House, developed by Volunteers of America for persons with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. The Travis Porter Center will be staffed by supportive services coordinators and offers space for other community services providers. Services include life skills, education, employment, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, general health and dental care. SECU, based in Raleigh, N.C., has more than $15 billion in assets.
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