Fisher House adding two construction sites
WASHINGTON — The Fisher House Foundation, which is building three new houses this year and planning four more in 2007, unveiled plans this week for at least two other construction sites in 2008: Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts.
Established in 1990, the foundation provides free short-term housing to families tending to recovering military or veteran patients.
Jim Weiskopf, spokesman for the foundation, said construction plans and fund-raising issues still need to be finalized for those 2008 projects, but they will be at the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Boston Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Roxbury.
A new house at James Haley Medical Center in Florida and two more at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas are expected to be finished over the next few months, Weiskopf said.
VA medical centers in Los Angeles, Dallas and Seattle are scheduled to break ground next year, and the San Diego Naval Medical Center is scheduled to get its second Fisher House next year as well.
The 2008 Fisher Houses will be the first in Massachusetts and the fourth in the District of Columbia; three have been built on the two campuses of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Each home costs about $4 million to build and furnish, and the affiliated hospitals agree to handle all maintenance costs.
For more information on the Fisher House Foundation, visit www.fisherhouse.org.