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Groundbreaking Ceremony for Covey Cottages

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three
A groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for Covey Cottages in Oildale, a 12-unit “Tiny Homes” permanent housing project aimed at reducing veteran homelessness.  Each cottage will consist of 400 sq. feet of dignified housing space for residents: living area, bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. The complex will create a soothing sense of community through landscaping, a common gathering room, and laundry area. CVAF Staff will provide the supportive services that are key to keeping housed the project’s vulnerable residents who might otherwise slip back into homelessness.

CVAF President & CEO Deborah Johnson called Covey Cottages for Veterans a low-density housing model designed for populations that are extremely low-income, have co-occurring disorders, and have had issues staying permanently housed for long periods of time.  “We hope this will pave the way for other homeless populations in our community by providing a new, innovative way to work with our most challenging homeless persons,” she says.

Johnson is grateful to local businesses and individuals who are truly committed to giving back to local veterans by providing the money and muscle—through the donation of in-kind materials and labor—that have made it possible to break ground on Covey Cottages in just a little over a year since CVAF put the word out to the community for support.

For more information, please visit www.kernha.org.

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