The historic Heaton & Cowing Mill in Providence, R.I., has been converted into 20 apartments for veterans earning up to 50% of the area median income.
Veterans for Tomorrow, which was developed by The Arc of Blackstone Valley and its subsidiary, Blackstone Valley Development Corp., also will provide access to supportive services for vets who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Local, state, and federal officials came out for the Veterans for Tomorrow ribbon cutting on Monday. Pictured are (front row, from left) Nancy Smith Greer, Department of Housing and Urban Development field office director for Rhode Island; Barbara Fields, executive director of Rhode Island Housing; Larry Crudup, veteran and resident of Veterans for Tomorrow; Samual Lubbers, veteran and resident; (back row, from left) Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo; Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza; and U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse.
"We're joining forces and taking a strategic approach to ending homelessness for veterans in Rhode Island," said U.S. Sen. Jack Reed at Monday's ribbon cutting. "Ensuring every veteran has access to safe, stable housing takes a lot of coordination, collaboration, and a continued commitment. After serving their country, these folks have fallen on hard times for one reason or another, but they all deserve a chance to get back on their feet."