Michigan Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services, toured Piquette Square for Veterans today (July 6) and met some of the formerly homeless veterans who now reside at the new project in Detroit.
Sen. Levin was impressed by the design and construction of the building, the dignity and amenities of the apartment units, and the spectrum of support services available to the veterans to help them lead healthy, independent lives.
“I cannot tell you how important it is for me to report back to my colleagues in Washington how Piquette Square is making a real difference,” Levin said to a small group of veterans living at Piquette who gathered to greet him.
“The public wants you to be treated properly,” Levin continued. “They support our troops and they want us to do right by you.”
One of the veterans who had the chance to speak with the Senator is Leon Crawford. Leon, 57, served in the Army from 1969 to 1972.
“Before coming to Piquette Square, we had our backs against the wall,” Leon told Sen. Levin. “This is our second chance at life.”
Cassandra Woods, director of the Senator’s state office, came with the Senator on his visit to Piquette Square. The tour was lead by John Van Camp (president of Southwest Solutions), Tim Thorland (executive director of Southwest Housing Solutions) and Paul McNeill (property manager of Piquette Square).
Piquette Square is a new $23-million, 150-unit apartment project in Detroit to house and care for homeless veterans. The facility is located about a mile and a half north of the VA Hospital and the Detroit Medical Center.