HRA donates land to help homeless veterans

A house will soon be built on an open lot on Penn Avenue providing a place for homeless veterans to live, thanks to a three-party partnership, including the Bloomington Housing and Redevelopment Authority. 

The HRA acquired the property because it had a substandard, foreclosed home on it. Once the house was removed, the HRA donated the property to the BATC Housing First Minnesota Foundation. The nonprofit will partner with Lennar to build a four-bedroom home for homeless veterans. The home will provide an affordable, temporary place for veterans to live for up to two years while receiving resources from the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. The home will serve four veterans at a time. 

“Ending veteran homelessness is a top priority for the state and especially Governor Tim Walz, and we at the City certainly want to do our part,” HRA Program Manager Bryan Hartman said. “The HRA is always interested in finding ways to provide additional affordable housing. This is an example of not only providing affordable housing, but helping veterans who served our country and are now experiencing homelessness.”

The groundbreaking for the home was held in late October. It will be built in just 95 days.