Location: Syracuse, New York
Project Cost: $11.4 million
Target Population: Homeless Veterans
Amenities: Community gathering area, computer lab, laundry facilities, a gym, outdoor patio and community garden
Partners: Syracuse VA Medical Center and the NYS Division of Homes & Community Renewal
Awards: LEED Platinum Certification; 2015 Charles L Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award; Affordable Finance Reader’s Choice Finalist
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The completion of VanKeuren Square represents the successful and comprehensive collaboration between Housing Visions and the Syracuse VA Medical Center. VanKeuren Square was conceived and designed to provide a full range of services to homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of being homeless.
The design of the building, with 50 individual one- and two-bedroom fully-furnished apartments and a variety of common gathering areas, offers the residents a supportive environment that both respects individual privacy while simultaneously encouraging community integration and socialization.
VanKeuren Square was designed to create a “one-stop” service to provide housing and supportive services in one building to enable the Veterans to retain their housing and move toward recovery. Two case managers and a social worker on-site help Veterans with substance abuse problems, find employment, get health care and deal with other issues.