Veteran Housing Development to Open Soon

Veteran Housing Development to Open Soon
Valor on Eighth, a new housing development for veterans and their families, is expected to be completed in December.

  The first affordable housing project in Arizona targeted towards veterans and their families is set to open before the end of this year in Tempe.

  Valor on Eighth, located at 1001 E. Eighth St., is a 50-unit apartment complex focused on providing affordable housing and resources to local veterans and their families. This project is the first of its kind in Arizona, and one of only a few in the country.

  “Valor on Eighth is believed to be the first project of its kind in Arizona and there are few if any others quite like it nationally,” said Vice Mayor and U.S. Army Veteran Robin Arredondo-Savage.

 Arredondo-Savage has been advocating for this project for many years because of its focus on serving underprivileged members of the veterans’ community in the state: veterans with children and women.

  The resources offered to veterans in this new development far surpass anything seen in the state before. U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Scott Johnson said that at the time he left the service, the only resources available to him and his family were counseling services and educational services at the Arizona Department of Veterans Services. This new development will offer counselling, educational, career and financial services, and much more to those who live there.

  “The City of Tempe and its partners are very proud of this collaboration to provide significant quality of life to veterans and their families,” said Arredondo-Savage.

  Valor on Eighth is a partnership of the City of Tempe, Save the Family Foundation, developer Gorman & Company and the Arizona Department of Housing along with others.

  “Save the Family will provide a full range of services from specialized case management support for veterans and career development to financial literacy and parenting classes,” said Arredondo-Savage.

  The development will also include resources that are more focused on family members, including an on-site Head Start Program, a teen room, computer lab, community rooms, and fitness center.

  The location of the build is just as important to the concept as the resources are. Located just minutes off Arizona State University’s campus, Valor’s location provides its residents with accessibility to higher education and employment, as well as transportation and recreational opportunities.

  “The aim is to provide a unique, happy, active setting that will help people advance their educations, their careers and their family lives,” said Arredondo-Savage.

  The project, set to open later this fall, is being praised by local veterans for its innovative approach to providing to the community.

  “This project will greatly assist veterans in need and help them transition into civilian life and give them an opportunity to create a sustainable life for themselves and their family,” said Johnson. “Tempe should be celebrated for this project. It is truly needed and hopefully other communities will follow with similar veteran service programs.”



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