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updated: 4/25/2013 7:48 AM

Quinn to break ground on veteran housing

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Gov. Pat Quinn will be joined by Volunteers of America of Illinois at a ground breaking for a housing development designed to serve veterans at risk of homelessness.

The Hope Manor II Apartments will be located in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.

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Volunteers of America of Illinois President Nancy Moyer says the complex will serve a vulnerable population of younger veterans with families. She says many of them are women with young children.

Hope Manor II will have 73 units of studio, one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments. Residents will have access to a variety of services, including job training, a health and wellness center, family counseling and mental health screening.

The National Alliance to End Homelessness estimates more than 11-hundred Illinois veterans experienced homelessness on a given night last year.

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