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New Apartments Open For Homeless Veterans

Springfield apartment complex for homeless veterans
WAMC

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.

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