Local Non-Profit to Add Additional Housing

Published 06/13 2014 10:22PM

Updated 06/14 2014 01:39AM

On Wednesday, Mental Health America of Vigo County purchased the lot over on Elm and 25th street formerly owned by the Terre Haute Redevelopment Commission.
The non-profit plans to build another residential facility--- similar to their YOUnity Village over on Spruce Street.

They purchased the old railroad lot for only $4,060. But before construction can begin, the organization must first pay to have the lot cleaned up.

"There's some contaminants and we'll get that all cleaned up before we start construction," said Myra Wilkey, the Executive Director of MHA of Vigo County.

The planned 30-unit facility will prioritize military veterans seeking housing. Myra says that last year over 200 veterans were homeless in Vigo County.

"Sign of the times with the economy and that's coming back, and jobs not being open to them. It's been really hard for them to reintegrate back when the economy kind of stalled as Iraqi freedom was winding down," added Wilkey.

One military veteran who calls YOUnity Village home declined to be filmed but mentioned how appreciative she is of Mental Health America's passion to assist military vets who have fallen on hard times. She also adds her favorite aspect of living at the facility.

"I like the security of it. I like the fact that our fingerprints open our apartment doors. I like the fact that no one can come to my house without me escorting them in and out. And that we have a camera on our parking lot," explained the resident.

The new housing will be known as Liberty Village. Myra Wilkey is thrilled with the organization's progress in the county.

"What we've done here and to build on that is just been a pleasure to be able to work on projects of this magnitude for the community," Wilkey said.

The non-profit hopes to start clean-up of the property in August after they review their finances.

Construction could start as early as December, and Mental Health America of Vigo County is hoping the facility is up and running by 2016.

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