Affordable housing for veterans unveiled on King St.

Affordable housing for veterans unveiled on King St.

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - City of Charleston officials are joining forces with a local church, and several companies, to better serve those who have served our country.

Monday, they broke ground at a property on King Street in downtown Charleston.

It's a vision two years in the making, and it's finally taking form at 711 King Street. Veterans and their families will soon be able to call the property next to Wallingford Presbyterian Church - home.

Pastor Alonza Washington said his church owns the land and they're joining forces with the City of Charleston to renovate it into several affordable housing units.

"We just want to make a difference," said Washington.

Pastors Incorporated, Home Depot, Wells Fargo and the Presbyterian Women Creative Ministry also helped fund the project.

Organizers said one building currently on the property will be renovated, another will be built from the ground up.

"We're hoping to house four veteran families here in the unit, that's going to be constructed here," said Washington. "Phase two, perhaps, another two to three veteran families."

"I see so many veterans that are homeless," said Singlee Murray, Vietnam Army veteran. "You can see them sleeping on the benches, its just a bad situation

Murray said while he is blessed to be financially stable, he sees too many of his fellow veterans struggling.

Murray hopes more of his fellow veterans will get involved and encourage each other to put their pride aside, and come forward if they need housing help.

"I think other veterans just need to be more active," said Murray."I noticed I didn't see too many out here but when you hear about things, you need to just come out and see what's going on."

Washington says this cause was also close to his heart.

"I am a Vietnam vet myself, Purple Heart," said Washington.

Both vets agree this project is just another small step in repaying our debts to those who fought for our freedoms.

"It's just good to help people who have helped serve the country," said Murray.

The VA medical center will be selecting the veterans who will be placed in these affordable housing units, which should be available next year.

Veterans interested in the program are encouraged to contact the center's homeless program. Tenants do have to pay rent to live there, the VA hasn't said just how much it is going to cost.

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