On behalf of the Welcome Home Capital Campaign Executive Committee, we are pleased to announce that more than 66 percent of the project funds have been raised toward our goal. This allows construction to begin shortly for the 25 apartments on the west side as 100 percent of the funds are in place for Patriot Place - Apartments for Veterans. This permanent housing component of the Community for Veterans was enabled by a $1,000,000 donation by Veterans United and grant awards of $500,000 each from the Federal Home Loan Bank and the Missouri Foundation for Health. Many thanks to the hard dedicated work of everyone and especially the staff and Board of Commissioners of the Columbia Housing Authority for their unwavering support.
We also cannot overlook the remarkable and key cooperation of the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital for their staff, who not only have been constant volunteers in every phase of this endeavor, but very important to the project's key long term success. This public-private partnership to make the Welcome Home project successful has been unparalleled in Mid-Missouri.
For the Welcome Home side of the project, we currently have raised almost $500,000 of the $3.5 million building campaign goal remaining for phase one, two and three. We are applying for multiple grants as well as state AHAP and NAP tax credits to match corporate and individual donations, and have received very positive responses that lead us to believe there is strong local and national support for this amazing project.
The Welcome Home Shelter and Supportive Services Center on the east side of the property will provide temporary housing, food and medical assessment facilities for Veterans. Currently Welcome Home turns away on average 156 male Veterans each year, and there is no dedicated place for an increasing number of female Veterans who are also being turned away. Completion of our project will help end both male and female Veteran homelessness in Mid-Missouri.
Without the additional facilities our Veterans have no place to go for shelter and support. We will not leave these men and women who served our country behind. They fought for our homes and now we must fight for theirs. We don't leave our wounded on the battlefield and we won't leave our Veterans on the street!
If you have not done so, we hope you will visit www.no1leftbehind.com to make a donation, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask about pledging for state tax credits. We appreciate your help!
Richard Mendenhall, Co-Chair, Welcome Home Capital Campaign Advisory Board