New Affordable Housing For Veterans
Expanding MACV Permanent Supportive Housing Programs
It is with great enthusiasm we are announcing our expanded permanent supportive housing programs! The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) has thus far purchased and is operating three properties in the Metro Region that function as permanent supportive housing for Veterans with the most significant barriers to traditional housing. With MACV-owned and operated properties in Hennepin and Ramsey County, “we hope to be a positive, shining light in the communities and neighborhoods we are now entering with these new properties,” said MACV Chief Operating Officer Jon Lovald. MACV is opening more doors for Veterans and welcoming them home because the expanded supportive housing at MACV is uniquely Veteran-centered.
All Veterans will be considered at our properties because “we are providing dignified housing solutions for the Veterans we serve at MACV, who otherwise have no place to go,” Sara Riegle, Vice President of Property Management at MACV, explained. Two of these recently purchased properties require renovations to maximize their utility: our Powderhorn property, located in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn neighborhood, and Arlington House, a donated property located in St. Paul. A third property, nicknamed Stryker, has seven 1-bedroom apartments ready for lease starting on August 1, following its purchase in July 2022. The properties will function as apartment-style rental units for Veterans. The Veterans will rent from MACV at a reasonable rate based on the area’s public housing authority standards. At the properties, we will work closely with tenants to ensure their success in supportive housing through case management and on-site services.
“We are providing an affordable leasing opportunity for Vets where they can go and know they are working with an organization that understands them and meets their needs,” explained Riegle. This organizational expansion would not have been possible without our generous donors, community partners, realtors, and funders. We thank you for embarking on this new way of serving Veterans with us as we continue to work hard to ensure no Veteran experiences homelessness in Minnesota.
At MACV, we know the data-driven solution for all Veteran’s experiencing homelessness is housing; more importantly, at MACV, we know finding a permanent place to call home is challenging. The complexities of homelessness never cause us to give up on any Veteran. As an organization, the reality of Veterans’ barriers, trauma, and employment status in relation to housing access has led us to be agile with the services and types of housing we offer the Veterans we serve.