Melrose Park to Cut Ribbon on Affordable Veterans Housing June 14

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The site plan for Veterans Village in Melrose Park. Below, a visual of one of the 34 single family homes planned for the development. | UrbanWorks, Inc.

Safe Haven house.pngWednesday, June 8, 2016 || By Michael Romain 

The social service nonprofit A Safe Haven Foundation will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Flag Day, Tuesday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., to mark the development of 35 single family homes designed for veterans and their families

Last November, Melrose Park elected officials and community leaders broke ground on what’s being called Veterans Village, 101 15th Ave.

“We are delighted that the Safe Haven Foundation and the West Suburban Housing Development are able to build these new homes which will benefit homeless veterans and those in transition after having done so much to serve our country,” Melrose Park Mayor Ron Serpico said at the time.

According to UrbanWorks, Ltd., the architecture firm that designed the homes, “Each house’s design serves the specific needs of veterans, with abundant daylight a key feature. A boxy brick, wood and glass front provides a contrast to an overall gabled form that relates to the predominant neighboring house type.”

The entire project is scheduled to be completed by sometime next year, according to the firm’s website.

A statement released by A Safe Haven notes that the organization “helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose.”

The organization also “provides the tools for each individual to overcome the root causes of homelessness through a holistic, scalable model. A Safe Haven’s visible social and economic impact unites families, stabilizes neighborhoods, and creates vibrant, viable communities.” VFP

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