Veterans are getting new homes

DANVILLE -- Dozens of veterans are getting off the streets and into permanent housing.

Cannon Place was unveiled to the public Thursday. It provides a home for more than 100 veterans and their families. Veterans at the home say you can live next door to neighbors anywhere. But at the Cannon Place, they get to live with their military brothers and sisters.

Sena Legg is is veteran who lives there. She says, "This is my forever home. I'll be here forever. Iove it here."

She is one of the 101 people that live at the Cannon Place. She, among other veterans knows first hand what it's like to lose everything. Her husband, who was also a vet, died a few years ago.

"Ever since then my life just went down hill because he was my rock. I just wasn't stable."

For a while, her car was all she had.

"I didn't have a stable home so a lot of times I would sleep in my car in the Walmart parking lot because I knew it was 24 hours and I'd be safe over there."

She now has a place to call home. Veterans that live at cannon place also have access to health care and job training.

Donald Samuel has been living there for about six months. He says, "If it weren't for mercy housing I would still probably be in bad shape, going to the V.A. for treatment and seeking shelter."

The housing is meant to be affordable. They pay 30 percent of their income to live there, or whatever they can afford.

Mark Angelini is the Mercy Housing President. "They were trained to be self sufficient, to be out there serving, and never saw themselves as people who had needs."

He says it's time to give back to the veterans who gave so much to this country. And for some, those needs are now being met.

Sena Legg says, "It''s a beautiful place. I am so glad they invented this for veterans. There's lots of homeless veterans who could really benefit from being here."

Developers say in the next three years, they plan to expand the center and build another complex right next door.

The project cost 17 and a half million dollars to complete. Federal money covered about two thirds of the cost. donations paid for the rest. 


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