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New veterans housing complex a first for Monroe County

Apr 5, 2019

VOC Liberty Landing groundbreaking session
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The Veterans Outreach Center is expanding in downtown Rochester. The local nonprofit broke ground Friday on Liberty Landing, a $10.4 million project.

The project will offer affordable housing units to 33 veterans and their families at Scio Street and University Avenue.

Veterans Outreach Center Executive Director Laura Stradley said this is Monroe County’s first supportive housing complex for veterans.

“While Veterans Outreach Center has been housing our homeless veterans for many, many years, this has been the first time that we’ve had a safe, affordable place they can transition to after they leave our care,” Stradley said. “By providing a safe, comfortable place for them to live, we’re making good on our mission and making good on everyone who has given so much to us.”

Stradley said the apartments are subsidized and fully accessible. Caseworkers from the center will be onsite to offer assistance to the veterans. Stradley expects the project to be finished in February.