Arkansas AG donates to cities Veterans Village
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is donating $250,000 to the city of Jonesboro for the Veterans Village.
The donation will complete the funding for the project, which is expecting to finish early.
"[Leslie Rutledge] was able to return some funds for $250,000 for the Veterans Village. So that's going to be able to get us toward the end goal of the project. That will be well received by the community, but more importantly, it means a home provided to our veterans," says Mayor Harold Copenhaver.
Mayor Copenhaver and ran the funding idea by AG Rutledge at the project's groundbreaking in August 2020.
The donation comes from taxpayer funds.
In October, the Veterans Village received a $100,000 grant from the Sutherland Project of Kansas.
This is something the city of Jonesboro Community Development Director Regina Burkett was vital to as they did not get to fundraise properly.
"We did not get to do the fundraising that we planned for the [veterans] village. So, $250,000 donated by the attorney general and the other resources donated by the community have made this dream come true. We need to give back to the veterans. The veterans are why we have the country we have today. So anyway, we can give back we need to, and that's what we're doing here in Jonesboro, Arkansas," says Burkett.
The project began back in 2017 with a $1 million dollar grant from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.
The Veterans Village includes nine cottages with seven one-bedroom, two two-bedroom options.
Burkett says she is working A-State's Beck Center for Veterans to finalize guidelines.
"Everyone has to understand the funding for this village comes from HUD. It was not through the VA. So, it will be a little different regulations than what we have if it's a VA loan, so we're still working on that," says Burkett.
The completion date for the Veterans Village was June, but the construction firm is ahead of schedule.