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Affordable housing for veterans coming to Oroville

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) partnered with many other local companies to rebuild five low-income homes and create 12 new townhomes in Oroville.

Posted: Jan 30, 2020 5:00 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. – The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) partnered with many other local companies to rebuild five low-income homes and create 12 new townhomes in Oroville.

VRC is expecting to start its project in late February.

The lot is on Montgomery Street that VRC decided to place the new 12 townhomes on. The location for five of the homes being remodeled has not yet been released but Action News Now learned it won't be far from Montgomery Street.

The new townhomes and soon-to-be remodeled homes are being built for veterans, especially those displaced by the Camp and Carr fires.

VRC Communications Director, Joe Millsap said he's very thankful that they're able to do projects like this, specifically for Veterans.

“California is such a veteran-heavy state, a lot of veterans are homeless or became homeless after these weather events or these fires," Millsap said. "So the need is probably even greater than it is anywhere else in the country, and it's even harder to meet that need here than it would be elsewhere."

VRC partnered with the American Red Cross, Home Depot, City of Oroville, and California Department of Veteran Affairs.

Action News Now spoke with the Executive Director of VRC, Brad Long, about the new project.

“How this program works is a veteran whose income qualifies will come to us, we will get them through the system to get them qualified with Calvet, and it’s based on the slightest scale of your income,” Long said. “We rehab the house and then the mortgage for the house we are shooting for on these are $900 a month.”

Long said the veteran's household income must be between 50% and 80% of the average median income.

Edie Frei is a resident of 6 years, he said he thinks this is a great idea.

I think our veterans from the Vietnam War have been totally ignored,” Frei said. “I’m all for it, I think they need a break.”

This project is expected to be finished by the end of May. To start signing up for these homes, CLICK HERE.

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