June 11, 2012 New Housing for Veterans Opens in Jewett City

On June 11, 2012 Permanent Supportive Housing for Veterans became available in Jewett City, CT

The LaFlamme-Kusek Post No. 15 of the American Legion (doing business as The American Legion Veterans Housing, Inc. (TALVHI) converted its building at 7 South Main Street and an adjacent property in Jewett City, CT into 18 units of permanent supportive housing.

The goal of the project was to provided permanent supportive housing for homeless and low-income individuals, with a particular focus on opportunities for homeless veterans..  The building was restored close to its original appearance based upon historic research.

This is what the building looked like before the project started:


This is what the building looks like today:

While the contents of this site have been developed in cooperation with VA personnel, it is not an official site of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans are excited about the prospect of moving into the new building.  

Here is what some had to say:

“Once I move in, I’ll be like a  cockroach….you will never get rid of me”.   

One Veteran on his very first visit to the site was viewing an apartment just prior to his briefing/leasing.  He said, “Wow, this room is bigger than the entire apartment I was at.”  

Others were amazed at what was included.  A lot of “Wow, even a coffee maker.”  

Dr. Laurie Harkness on NPR

Dr. Laurie Harkness (Director, Errera Community Care Center) was featured on the NPR segment “Homeless rural vets find a place to call home” that aired July 10-11 on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Click here to learn more:  http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=156567029&m=156577715

Dr. Harkness at the opening of the completed project: