• Sara Doan

Veterans Village receives large donation, offsets final debt for the project


JONESBORO, Ark- The city of Jonesboro just received a $60,000 grant from the Residential Housing and Healthcare Facilities Board for the Veteran’s Village.


It will provide housing for homeless veterans and help them get back on their feet.


“It’s a very good-minded civic group that comes together to create things for Jonesboro. And they have dedicated $60,000 to pay off. I think part of- almost the final debt of veterans village,” says director of communications for the city of Jonesboro Bill Campbell.


The veteran’s village includes nine cottages with seven one-bedroom two, two-bedroom options.


The grant will help offset some of the final debt for the project.


Plans to bring the Veterans Village to Jonesboro have been in the works since late 2017.


This is just several donations and grants the city has received for the project, including a $250,000 gift from Arkansas Attorney general Leslie Rutledge.


Veterans will also have access to resources to help get them back on their feet.


“For lack of a better word…a community center for them to get together, and-and get with experts from Beck Pride to oversee the place. And that will help them find jobs. It will help them find security and, it will help them find health resources,” he says.


Campbell says companies and residents have also donated appliances, bedding, and utilities for the cottages.


Helping make the first Veterans’ Village in Arkansas ready for those who will soon call it home.


“This- this is a success for Jonesboro; this is something we all should be proud of,” says Campbell.


The city expects the veteran’s village to be complete soon with veterans moving in, in June.

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