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New Apartments Open For Homeless Veterans

Springfield apartment complex for homeless veterans

An apartment complex for homeless veterans opened Friday in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The three-story building has 20 studio apartments, a recreation room, laundry, and an on-site manager to help the veterans, many of whom suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

Gumersindo Gomez, director of the Bilingual Veterans Outreach Centers of Massachusetts, said the complex is a first of its kind in western Massachusetts.

" For all these years, the city has never had an institution like this to house homeless veterans," he said.

To qualify to rent an apartment, veterans must have incomes less than $18,000 a year, and show they have exhausted all other housing possibilities.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.