Flagstaff Receives Funding for Veterans Home

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The city of Flagstaff has announced additional funding will support the upcoming construction of a residence for veterans of the armed forces.

The city learned last week that it will be given a major contribution to complete an 80-bed nursing home for veterans on McMillan Mesa, less than an hour’s drive from historic downtown Flagstaff.

Mayor Coral Evans announced that the federal government has allocated funds to finish 52 products on this year’s list, and Flagstaff luckily came in at number 52. Yuma also made the list and will receive money for a veterans’ home.

Evans shared that if everything works according to plan, construction can start in the spring of next year, and should be finished within 18 to 24 months.

The city had to allot the land for the home back in 2015, and Governor Doug Ducey approved a $10 million contribution in May 2016. The Department of Veterans Affairs stepped up to cover the rest of the bill, with costs reportedly coming in at around $20 million. Last August, the department revealed changes to its funding criteria that would give rural communities more assistance in building these facilities.

 

The nursing home will be open to both veterans and their spouses.

For more information, please visit the official Facebook page of the City of Flagstaff.

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