Affordable housing for veterans breaks ground

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Groundbreaking for new affordable housing

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and representatives from Buffalo Valley, Inc. celebrated the groundbreaking of two new affordable housing homes at Providence Pointe on Wednesda

The two homes will be open to low-income and disabled veterans and low-income families with the priority being veterans in need. The homes will be built by Buffalo Valley, Inc., a Tennessee-based nonprofit which provides housing assistance to those who need it.

“Buffalo Valley is one of our premiere homeless and affordable housing organizations within the state,” said Mary Wilson, HUD’s Director of Community Planning and Development.

The city donated the properties to the organization for the project.

Buffalo Valley will also provide other services, like case management, to help the residents of the two homes.

“Where we’re standing here today and what we’re doing truly shows what happens when you work together and you partner together for the benefit for all the constituents, the citizens — whether they’re veterans, whether they’re low-income, whether they need additional help in the affordable housing arena. It only happens when we all work together,” Mayor McMillan said.

Part of the funding for the homes was provided by a Tennessee Housing Trust Fund grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. The $500,000 grant was given to Buffalo Valley, Inc. to build homes in both Clarksville and Chattanooga.

“The application process for funding from the Tennessee’s Housing Trust Fund is highly competitive and Buffalo Valley should be proud to bring home this grant for the people of Clarksville,” said Ralph Perrey, THDA’s executive director, in a news release.

The remainder of the costs for the two new houses were paid for by the city, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Reach Ayrika Whitney at awhitney@theleafchronicle.com, or on Twitter at @awhitney_leaf.

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