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More affordable housing for veterans under construction in Tucson

New homes being built now will be for veterans who have families
Posted at 5:58 PM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 20:58:22-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Sidney Mayes and John Wolfe had missions when they served in the United States Navy, but their mission today is to make ends meet.

"My money really wasn't right for retirement but I had to find somewhere," Mayes said.

"I was evicted from my RV in 2015," Wolfe said.

"I lost my my job and didn't have no pay."

Both men benefit from the Esperanza en Escalante program, an affordable housing community for veterans south of Golf Links and Kolb.

"We're trying to get them from homeless state to self-sufficiency and independence," said Phyllis Russell, Executive Director of EEE.

"The idea is to get folks off the street, provide them a roof over their head," added Sally Schwenn with Gorman and Company which handles the construction and finance component of the community.

"I've never thought about not having this program so i don't know. it's never entered my mind not living here," Wolfe said.

Mayes just got out of transitional housing earlier this year, he's proud to be in his own apartment.

"I have a living room, kitchen, little dining nook, bedroom, private bathroom, which I love."

New homes being built now will be for veterans who have families and there's already plans to build more homes on this 17 acre campus.

"We've got 20 more units that we'll be developing here in the next couple of years," Schwenn said.

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