The Tennessee Housing Development Agency joined Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland on Friday to celebrate a major renovation project at a home for military veterans who have struggled with homelessness, mental illness, or substance abuse.
Owned and managed by Alpha Omega Veterans Services, the home not only serves as a place to live for up to 16 veterans at a time but also offers counseling and other services to help them transition to independent living.
Alpha Omega hosted an open house Friday morning to show off the just-completed renovations at the Vinton Avenue home in the Central Gardens neighborhood of midtown. The Memphis-based nonprofit received a $195,589 grant from THDA to kick off the renovations, which began in 2015.
“The home looks amazing, and it’s a great demonstration of how supportive housing can add beauty and value to our neighborhoods,” said Jeremy Heidt, director of Industry & Government Affairs for THDA. “We congratulate Alpha Omega for creating such a beautiful and supportive home for people in need who served our country in the armed forces.”
THDA issued the grant from the Tennessee Housing Trust Fund (HTF), which receives no tax dollars but is instead funded by revenue from THDA’s Great Choice Home Loan program. Nonprofits and local governments from across the state compete twice a year to receive Tennessee HTF funding for their affordable housing initiatives. Since 2006, THDA has provided more than $74 million in Tennessee HTF grants.
Since 1987, Alpha Omega Veterans Services has assisted nearly 10,000 military veterans to reintegrate into society, often after recovery and rehabilitation from debilitating mental and physical conditions. Services include food, clothing, housing, transportation, and assistance with rehabilitation.