UTICA – Monday morning NewsChannel 2 received an exclusive sneak peek at one of the 18 brand new housing units at the Veterans Outreach Center on Washington Street.
NewsChannel 2 reporter Gary Liberatore spoke with the founder and executive director of the center, Vincent Scalise, about the new housing units and what veterans can expect from them.
“We have a lot of work that's going to continue the next few years. The housing units themselves will be ready and we will be ready to start housing homeless veterans shortly, and explain the units and he'll get to live in them either temporarily or even more permanently,” said Scalise. “What we have are 18 units, half of which are going to be permanent supportive housing for homeless veterans, and the other half are transitional. It's for veterans who are currently homeless, so people that we would find in the mission or on the street would be able to be housed and put up in these units.”
Scalise continued – “We are putting the finishing touches on everything. We want to put our best foot forward on Friday, so it's all the finishing work, the touchups and the cosmetics.”
When asked why this was such an important project for the center, Scalise was direct and to the point. “Because unfortunately there are way too many homeless veterans in our area. We see way too many of them in need, and there was nothing like this before in our area.”
The official grand opening ceremony for the newly renovated Veterans Outreach Center will take place on Friday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.