A Safe Haven Announces Final Closing on HUD VA Project: Ready to Break Ground on 75 Units of Supportive Housing for Veterans in Hobart, Indiana

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A Safe Haven Foundation announced today the closing on US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and US Veterans Administration (VA) 75 Unit Apartment Project called The Rauner Family Veteran Apartments by A Safe Haven Foundation. It is a 75-unit Supportive Housing development in Hobart, Indiana.

This is a rendering of The Rauner Family Veteran Apartments by A Safe Haven Foundation in Hobart, Indiana. The apartment complex is scheduled to open in spring of 2021.

"We are so proud to have the opportunity to help build beautiful award-winning homes for our nation’s heroes and to make our vision of a new affordable veteran housing project in the State of Indiana a reality."

A Safe Haven Foundation announced today the closing on US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and US Veterans Administration (VA) 75 Unit Apartment Project called The Rauner Family Veteran Apartments by A Safe Haven Foundation. It is a 75-unit Supportive Housing development in Hobart, Indiana. The apartments will be made available to low income, senior and disabled military veterans who are referred to A Safe Haven by the local Veterans Clinic and Jesse Brown VA. Onsite services will include supportive housing, individualized case management and peer support services. A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for next month.

In addition to over $20 million in Federal HUD/VA rental housing tax credits, bond volume and other financing secured from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), former Governor of Illinois and Venture Capitalist, Bruce Rauner and his wife, Diana Rauner, have generously gifted $1,000,000 to A Safe Haven Foundation to support financing and long-term ongoing support.

To make this development a reality the leadership team at A Safe Haven Foundation has worked with KMA Companies as the development partner and the City of Hobart on this project for almost three years.

The Rauner Family Veteran Apartments by A Safe Haven Foundation is scheduled to open in spring of 2021. The 75 apartments will showcase fully furnished apartments, a flexible meeting space/community room, exercise room, laundry room, bike storage and a beautifully, professionally landscaped outdoor patio courtyard, the US Flag and a Flag from every branch of the military. The walkway to the main entrance will feature a Bronze Star monument to Michael J. Rowland, a decorated Korean War Veteran and father of A Safe Haven Co-Founder and US Army Veteran Brian M. Rowland.

“Twenty-five years ago A Safe Haven Foundation set a new paradigm and standard of care for helping to address the root causes of poverty and homelessness. A Safe Haven is raising the bar again by expanding our portfolio of providing transitional, supportive, affordable, senior and military veteran housing in safe, beautiful and healthy settings," said Neli Vazquez Rowland, President of A Safe Haven Foundation. "We are so proud to have the opportunity to help build beautiful award-winning homes for our nation’s heroes and to make our vision of a new affordable veteran housing project in the State of Indiana a reality."

Vazquez Rowland added: "We would like to give a special thanks to A Safe Haven Foundation’s Indiana Veterans Advisory Board lead by Pat O’Donnell, Veterans Radio, Dan Mills of the American Legion, Bob Carnegie of DAV, Bill Emerson, Jim Chancellor and Victor Baker. We are grateful to have had the support of Governor Eric Holcomb, Mayor Eric Snedecor, and to have partnered with the US Veterans Administration, US Housing and Urban Development, Indiana Housing Community Development Authority, City of Hobart, Lake County Community Economic Development Department, Cinnaire Investment Corporation, Multifamily Coalition for Affordable Housing, The National Bank of Indianapolis and the Rauner Family. Bruce and Diana Rauner were one of our original and ongoing supporters who took the leap of faith in helping to back our cause over 20 years ago. With their assistance we have helped over 20,000 military veterans in crisis and their families get their lives back on track throughout the years. We are grateful to have had the privilege of working with so many committed and caring national, and local leader and veteran advocates. We could not have done this without all of their spirit de corps commitment and support.”
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About A SAFE HAVEN FOUNDATION
A Safe Haven (ASH) is a social enterprise that provides a comprehensive and vertically integrated approach uniquely designed to address root causes of poverty and homelessness for social and economic development to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency. Populations served: Individuals, Adults, Families with children, Youth, Veterans and non-violent re-entry. ASH Services: Individualized case management, shelter, food, treatment, education, job training, access to employment & affordable housing. Partnership network: public/private/corporate/foundations and other entities to provide a network that can help deliver a seamless continuum of care, housing and employment and/or resources including funding to achieve financial stability & sustainability. Impact Goal: improved return on investment, efficiencies and results for all stakeholders. Learn more: [http://www.ASafeHaven.org

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