Homeless vets move into new Raleigh apartments

August 7, 2013 3:06:48 PM PDT
Ten homeless veterans in Raleigh now have a place to call home.

Thanks to a local nonprofit agency called CASA, the 10 former homeless veterans move into the Raleigh apartments Wednesday.

Mary Jean Seyda works with CASA and was there for move-in day.

"Full of joy, they can't believe it. They walk in to their units and they're just beaming and they keep saying I can't believe this is where I get to live, this is my home," Seyda said. "There's a lot of transitional housing for vets, but not necessarily permanent housing. We're the first to do apartments for vets in the Triangle."

Each veteran will only have to pay 30 percent of their salary for rent. The rest of the money comes from funding from the City of Raleigh, Wake County, the state, and HUD.

Inside the brand new apartments are household necessities, such as cleaning supplies and groceries. The household supplies were all donated by the Ladies of Valor.

The women from the Wake Forest chapter also presented each veteran with a handmade quilt, hoping to make the men finally feel at home.

CASA has plans to build 10 more apartments at the same site in Raleigh and 11 more units for veterans in Durham.

"We have a partnership with the VA in Durham, they have a program where they have a whole team of social workers who specifically are working with veterans who are homeless," Seyda said.

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