New facility opening in North Knoxville to help veterans stay off the streets

A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon at Cedar Crossing.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A new facility is opening up to help more Knoxville veterans stay off the streets.

Too many who’ve served wind up in that situation. The North Knoxville facility gives them not only a place to stay, but support to tackle the issues from addiction to mental health they face every day.

Eight homeless veterans will soon call the facility home.

A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon at Cedar Crossing.
A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon at Cedar Crossing.

A ribbon cutting was held Monday afternoon at Cedar Crossing. Each veteran will have a brand new furnished apartment. Helen Ross McNabb has been collecting applications for months.

They’re still checking out qualifications, and so far, three veterans are set to move in Thursday.

They're still checking out qualifications, and so far, three veterans are set to move in Thursday.
They’re still checking out qualifications, and so far, three veterans are set to move in Thursday.

“These are truly independent housing or apartments. They’re for folks who need some safe, affordable place to live. We believe by being on this environment they’ll be successful in other parts of their life. They can find jobs. They can get help with mental health treatment and they can find support here,” said Jerry Vagnier, president/CEO of Helen Ross McNabb.

The facility is part one of a two part housing project taking care of a total of 21 homeless veterans. A second housing facility will soon be renovated off Washington Pike with 15 units.

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