Local nonprofit breaks ground on apartment complex for homeless, disabled veterans

The Cypress Landing complex will go up behind Chesapeake Regional Medical Center.

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WVEC) -- A new apartment complex, specifically for homeless and disabled veterans, is coming to Chesapeake.

Second Act Communities, a nonprofit based in Virginia Beach, held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the apartment complex, Cypress Landing.

"There's a large veteran population in Hampton Roads period," said Second Act Communities President/CEO Addie Thomason. "We know that there are not enough housing units for disabled vets."

The 54,000 square foot project will include 50 apartments and cost $10.5 million. The land for the project, which is behind the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center, was donated by the City of Chesapeake.

Prominent community members attended the symbolic groundbreaking event, including Virginia Housing Development Authority Executive Director Susan Dewey and Chesapeake Mayor Alan Krasnoff.

"This was an absolute need," said Krasnoff. "As one gentleman said, it's a blessing. It truly is."

Also in attendance was Tina Clemons, an Army veteran who says she lost her job to PTSD. Clemons said she was homeless for a year, living in a storage unit.

"To have it all and to graduate and go to college and all of a sudden you're homeless, said Clemons. "It was disheartening."

Clemons said Second Act Communities placed her in their Virginia Beach veterans facility and she was able to turn her life around.

"So you're in and out trying to find jobs and when i just got my own place i just felt like i was back to me again and i could start all over again," said Clemons.

According to Second Act Communities Vice President Sharon Shoff, the housing project targets people who make $10,000 a year. Shoff said all veterans can live in Cypress Landing but preference is given to those who live in Chesapeake.

Clemons said she's excited for the new Chesapeake facility and hopes other homeless and disabled veterans will be able to turn their lives around.

"There are a lot of veterans that are in the woods walking around that don't know, so luckily, hopefully they'll have a chance to get into this building," said Clemons. "They'll get a second chance."

Construction is scheduled to begin at the end of September or early October and is projected to last a year.

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