Organization Opens Sioux Falls Veterans Housing Community
A national organization that helps homeless veterans opened a housing community in Sioux Falls on Thursday.
The Veterans Community Project is based in Kansas City and builds tiny housing projects across the country. The Sioux Falls community will include 25 homes and a community center to provide support services.
At the groundbreaking event, Veterans Community Project CEO and co-founder Brian Meyer said the organization’s goal is to address veterans’ homelessness, not just the problem. himself.
“We really want to address veteran homelessness, not just put a roof over someone’s head,” Meyer said. “It’s great. It’s not the long-term solution.
The community center’s support services will help people living in the community work toward independence and secure permanent housing, Meyer said. Services will include education and training focused on wellness and financial understanding.
The Sioux Falls project is located on land on North Willow Avenue near the Denny Sanford Premiere Center and Terrace Park. Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken said the location was chosen because of the stigma people feel toward low-income housing and similar projects.
“One of the issues we have with housing right now is the ‘not in my backyard’ attitude,” TenHaken said. “Affordable housing, accessible housing, housing for the workforce. Everybody wants him, but nobody wants him near them, and we struggle with that.
Although TenHaken noted the potential pushback, he said people living near the community’s planned location are supportive of the project and its goal.
The organization aims to complete construction of the community by the end of this year.