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Posted: 7:55 p.m. July 13, 2010

Ceremony set for homeless veterans' apartments

By CECIL ANGEL
FREE PRESS STAFF WRITER

An apartment building constructed to house homeless veterans and to provide a variety of social services for them will have its official opening ceremony Thursday.


Piquette Square, which has 150 one-bedroom apartments, 11,000-square feet of a common area and commercial space in a four-story brick complex, opened in June at 285 Piquette in Detroit’s New Center area. It’s being billed as one of the largest projects of its kind in the country.

The ceremony will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and will feature speakers Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, and Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh.

A key component of the $23-million project – which provides long-term housing – is the support services offered including mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, job training, computer labs and educational programs. According to homeless advocates, there are estimated to be more than 4,000 homeless veterans in metro Detroit.

The project is being managed by Detroit-based Southwest Solutions, the developer. For application information, contact Patricia Harris at 313 841.3727, ext. 381.

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