A good refreshing read, tells you a little about the clients we hope to be serving in Dennis. This project is a bit bigger, and converts space on a VA hospital site. But, read the quotes from the veterans, their stories are the same as those we hope to serve.
The Dennis Board of Selectmen will receive a presentation on the proposed Veteran’s Housing proposal for 1341 Route 134 at the July 26, 2016 Board of Selectmen’s Meeting. The meeting will start at 5:30 pm and will be held in the Stone Conference Room at Dennis Town Hall 685 Route 134, South Dennis MA.
The proposal calls for the construction of a 5 bedroom colonial style home to serve the needs of Dennis area veterans who have fallen on tough times. Veterans comprise almost 13% of the Dennis population, and 27% of the population over 65. A full 8% of all veterans, about 150 people, live below the poverty level of $11,880 for a single person. Of those living below the poverty rate, 48% are disabled, about 70 individuals. The proposal focuses on the needs of these veterans with a goal of protecting them from homelessness. This home is targeted at populations with incomes well below the typical affordable housing limits.
Dennis Selectman Wayne Bergeron and Town Planner Dan Fortier are bringing this proposal to the Board of Selectmen with the goal of having this home constructed by the spring of 2017. They have been joined on this effort by Gary Barber and McPhee Associates who have designed the home; Sweetser Engineering for site surveying; Starboard Side Landscaping and Chris Lambton for landscape design services; Paul Covell for fundraising; and other local businesses such as Lester J. Murphy Law Offices, , Cape Cod Closets, , Robert B. Our, Cape Electric, Cape Cod Cares 4 Our Troops, Cape Electric, Home Depot, Snow and Jones, Barbos Furniture and Cape Cod Stairlift.
Some interesting information from the U. S. Census Bureau related to veterans living in Dennis:
- Veterans comprise almost 13% of the Dennis population;
- Veterans comprise twenty-seven percent of the population over 65;
- A full 8% of all veterans live below the poverty level of $11,880 for a single person;
- Of those veterans living below the poverty rate, 48% are disabled.
The veterans housing proposal focuses on the needs of these veterans with a goal of protecting them from homelessness. This home is targeted at populations with incomes well below the typical affordable housing limits.
One piece of the puzzle. Without more housing available to rent in the Cape Cod market area, vouchers will not help much.
Design Iteration Number 3.
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