Homeless Durham veterans soon to have new home

Ground broken Friday for apartment complex that will mean homes for 11 people
February 7, 2014 9:50:08 AM PST
The future for 11 veterans in Durham is looking brighter. Friday, the non-profit organization Casa broke ground on a new apartment complex for homeless vets.

The Denson Apartments are being built in the 16-hundred block of Sedgefield Street off Guess Road.

Debra King with Casa said the need it great.

"Over 24 veterans each day commit suicide, one an hour," she said.

King said there are more than 200,000 homeless veterans nationwide and more than 200 just in the triangle.

"Many of them are homeless because of their service," explained retired judge and veteran Alexander Denson - who is being honored by having the new $1million complex named after him.

Denson served in the US Navy at the Bay of Pigs and during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

"Training to be a warrior does not equate to training to be a production human being in society," said Denson.

The apartment complex is a way to make up for that training. Warriors will get a home as payment for years of service and sacrifice.

"The wonderful thing about it is that they never have to leave they never hopefully have to be homeless again," said King.

The apartments should be ready by the fall, but Casa has a waiting list of more than 500 names. They have another complex in the works but always need donations.

Learn more at: http://www.casanc.org/

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