Construction begins on new veterans homeless shelter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Developers of the St. Michael's Veterans Center gathered Wednesday morning for a ground breaking ceremony of the new state of the art facility that will provided permanent and transitional housing for homeless Kansas City veterans.

Catholic Charities, the Yarco Companies, U.S. Bank and the city of Kansas City have been working on this project for years, and together representatives from each dug into ground at the 24-acre a lot near Cleaver Boulevard and Leeds Traffic Way.

Organizers said there are currently about 1,800 veterans who don't have a permanent home, and there are hundreds more on the brink of homeless. 

The St. Michael's Veteran's Center will provide 180 one-bedroom apartments, 10,000 square feet of office space, counseling and medical treatment, nutrition and fitness components as well resources to help homeless vets get back on their feet.

"I am so proud that Kansas City has come together in such a unique and truly honorable way to send a message," Center Executive Director Carrie Rosetti said. "To send a message to our military who are serving right now that we support you. We care about you. We honor you. And this is your home."

The total price for the project is about $35 million with a large portion being financed by U.S. Bank.

Phase one of construction is expected to complete by late spring of 2014.

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