Hineshouse Developments providing affordable housing for disabled vets

Hineshouse Developments providing affordable housing for disabled vets
Published: Apr. 19, 2016 at 7:52 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2016 at 8:11 PM EDT
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HINESVILLE, GA (WTOC) - Affordable, clean and safe housing is always in need for those living on limited means in our region, especially disabled veterans.

Tuesday, the Hinesville Housing Authority held a ribbon cutting with the Liberty County Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the Hineshouse Project One and Two Housing Developments officially being finished.

Before the ribbon cutting, several in attendance emphasized just how important affordable housing is, especially for disabled veterans.

"This is a new beginning, this is unique in Hinesville, Georgia, in more ways than one. First of all, it's the first new construction this agency is ever done. Ever," said Hinesville Mayor Jim Allen.

Bishop Paul C. Johnson, chairman of the Board for the Hinesville Housing Authority said, "It's good to see development in the city. We don't have to go to bigger cities, Savannah, Jacksonville...things can happen here."

"Between Hinesville and Savannah, there are more than 1800 homeless veterans. And so, we are just trying to provide a safe place for them to come that's inexpensive, where there still able to live on their state income," said project coordinator Dominique Walker.

Disabled veterans can use their Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers to cover rent in the Hineshouse apartments, leaving only utility bills.

Debra Williams, executive director of the Hineshouse Development said, "How are veterans to pay their dues to this country, and to the world, and when they return they should receive nothing but the best."

Veterans like James McNear have benefited from the housing authorities program, and now owns his own home.

McNear says in addition to the new construction, vets will also be in close proximity to things they need.

"They have everything for veterans in them. And the buildings, the place they have them or close to the veterans clinic's and places they can go to get help," said McNear.

There is already a waiting list for the brand new six units in Hineshouse 1 & 2, but you can still contact the office for the development for inquiries.

Call 912.368.3466 and ask for Melanie Thompson or Dominique Walker.

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