Congressman, mayor tour homeless veterans' community

By THE HERALD-SUN, DURHAM, N.C. Published: February 6, 2016

DURHAM (Tribune News Service) — CASA’s Denson Apartments for Veterans hosted U.S. Rep. David Price, D-N.C., Friday as he toured Durham’s award-winning affordable housing community for homeless veterans.

The Denson Apartments for Veterans is the first permanent supportive housing in Durham for veterans who are homeless and live with disabilities. The first phase of the complex included 11 apartments with rent set at 30 percent of the tenant’s income and includes all utilities.

The Denson Apartments for Veterans was developed and is managed by CASA, non-profit affordable housing developer and property manager based in the Triangle, in partnership with the City of Durham Community Development Department, The Home Depot Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency (NCHFA), with construction financing from the State Employees Credit Union and additional community support.

Congressman Price toured the finished apartments as well as the second phase now under construction since he serves on the House Appropriations Committee and serves as the ranking Democrat on the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, which oversees funding for the Departments of Transportation and Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD allocated HOME dollars that substantially supported Denson project. He is also a member of the Appropriations Subcommittees responsible for homeland security, military construction, and veterans’ affairs appropriations.

Price was joined by Mayor Bill Bell and CASA Chief Executive Officer Debra King during Friday’s visit. The Denson Apartments for Veterans is already home to 11 veterans who moved into the first phase of construction when it was completed in November 2014. The second building, now under construction and expected to open this summer, will include 12 one-bedroom, one-bath apartments designated for homeless veterans who live with disabilities.

“With the construction of this community, CASA will have the opportunity to end homelessness for 12 more veterans in Durham,” King said. “These men and women were there for us, and now it is time for us to be there for them. We’re very excited to add more affordable options to the Triangle community and to help improve the lives of the veterans who live here.”

The community partnership to create these apartments has won two awards in recent months for its efforts to help homeless veterans. In January, the community was recognized by the National Community Development Association with a 2016 Audrey Nelson award. In October, the project won the NCHFA 2015 Housing North Carolina award.


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A homeless veteran displays a redesigned cardboard sign in downtown Chicago on July 2, 2015.
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