VA Connecticut Healthcare System
Victory Gardens Groundbreaking
NEWINGTON, Conn. – VA Connecticut Healthcare System and the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development recently hosted a groundbreaking ceremony at the VA Newington Campus, 555 Willard Avenue, to celebrate the start of construction of the Victory Gardens affordable housing development.
VA is partnering with Victory Gardens Housing, LLC, an affiliate of the Women’s Institute of Housing and Economic Development, to construct 74 units of permanent supportive and affordable housing for veterans, at-risk veterans and their families on the grounds of the local VA Connecticut Healthcare System, Newington campus. Victory Gardens will be one of the nation’s first housing developments established under the Department of Veterans Affairs Enhanced Use Lease (EUL) program, which allows VA to rent or lease VA property for non-VA use in return for either rent or “in-kind” consideration for activities that enhance VA’s mission. Eliminating homelessness among the veteran population is a high priority for VA.
The co-location of the EUL project on the VA Newington campus ensures that veterans have ready access to care and treatment designed to help them attain long-term independence and self-sufficiency. The lease calls for Victory Gardens Housing, LLC to design, construct and operate the facility.
“The Women’s Institute is pleased to be partnering with VA on this important and vital housing development that will serve Veterans and their families. Victory Gardens highlights our 30-year history of providing housing resources to at-risk families and is closely aligned with VA’s vision under the EUL program.” said Loni Willey, Executive Director of the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development.
For additional information regarding Victory Gardens, visit the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development at www.wihed.org.