New apartment complex in Omaha helps get vets off the streets

Julia LeDoux
October 02, 2020 - 9:36 am
Victory

PenFed Foundation

A recently opened apartment complex is hoping to help end veteran homelessness in Omaha, Nebraska. 

The former Grace University has been renovated into studio and one-bedroom apartments for homeless veterans. Now known as Victory II Apartments, the complex features a community area, laundry facilities and a fitness center.

“It’s a great time to get many of our veterans who wore the uniform out of the shelter or another program and into a place they can call home,” Property Manager Tom York told WOWT. 

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To see a video of a veteran being interviewed in his new apartment, click here.

York told WOWT that veterans who live in the apartments not only have a roof over their heads, but also have access to on-site services like counseling, health and wellness, and job training.

“Their tour of duty is over, and getting them housed and allowing for them to work with social workers and case managers and people with the VA, who help find them jobs, is critical,” he said.

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Victory II is located next to Victory Apartments, which houses 90 units. A third complex in Lincoln has 70 units.

PenFed Credit Union and PenFed Foundation donated $40,000 to fully furnish 35 apartments in the new addition. 

"When a number of PenFed employees who regularly volunteer at Victory Veterans Housing let us know of the need for furniture and household goods in the newly-renovated apartment units, we knew we wanted to help," said PenFed Foundation President and retired  Army Gen. John W. "Mick" Nicholson, Jr.

A ribbon cutting ceremony took place Sept. 18.

Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com

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