90 New Units for Veterans
Region VII’s Largest Permanent Support Housing for Homeless Veterans Is Unveiled
On September 5, 2013, HUD Region VII Acting Regional Administrator (ARA) Terri Porter attended the Victory Apartments Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Omaha, NE. With a total cost over $17 million, Victory Apartments are the region’s largest and newest permanent support housing for homeless veterans.
The facility features 90 apartment units, comprised of 65 one bedroom and 25 studio apartments. All 90 units are supported with HUD funding-45 with VASH vouchers and 45 through project based section 8, and $350 thousand was awarded by the City out of its HOME funds.
From Left: Lisa Roskens (Chief Executive Officer, Burlington Capital Group), Dr. Marci Mylan (PhD, Director, VA Nebraska Western Iowa Health Care System), Terri Porter (Acting Regional Administrator, Region VII, HUD), Ted Simpson (Director of Development, Nebraska Investment Finance Authority), Charles Pittman (Victory Apartment Resident), Gary Gernandt (Omaha City Councilman), Dr. David Barnes (President, Grace University), Senator Deb Fischer, Joan Bertolini (Executive Director, Douglas County Housing Authority).
Victory Apartments are located in the former St. Joseph Hospital on 8th and Dorcas Streets. Incorporated into the building’s second floor is a Department of Veterans Affairs office boasting 50 staff for on-site veterans’ services, including counseling, mental health and life management services to the residents and local veterans within the community.
Additionally, the building contains: an extension of Grace University’s Mental Health Department on the ground floor; laundry use space throughout; a computer and technology center. It als features an enormous recreational space including a movie room, pool hall/lounge and a 7,000 square feet gymnasium/fitness center.
Finishing a month ahead of schedule and with an additional 10 apartment units over the planned amount, Victory Apartments represent a phenomenal example of collaborative partnerships within the Omaha community.
The opening ceremonies took place in gymnasium, and U.S. Senator Deb Fischer attended and spoke at the event.
Victory Veteran's Apartments