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Officials in Dutchess County celebrated the opening of a 71 unit apartment complex in Poughkeepsie that's specifically designed to help veterans. YNN's Michael Howard has the details.
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. –- It’s been a long road for William Walsh. Walsh served in the Navy, as well as in the Peace Corps in the 1970s, which brought him to places like Northern Africa. Since then, he’s experienced health issues, as well as the death of his wife. Last year, he ended up homeless.
“It just happened to be going into the winter and it was hard,” he said. “Sleeping in places that didn’t have heat and whatnot.”
“This is the most rewarding project that we’ve done,” said co-developer of the project, Sean Kearney.
Back in 2009, the City of Poughkeepsie sold eight acres of property on Hudson Avenue to Kearney Realty Group and since then, the group built 71 low income apartments called the Poughkeepsie Commons. They are tailored to disabled, homeless and senior aged veterans.
Friday, members of the board celebrated the completion of the site with all of its 71 units filled. The building also features offices for health companies to serve its residents.
“We built offices and rent them out for a dollar a year so they can come and administer the services that they need,” said Kearney. “Right in the comfort and safety of the same building that they live in.”
County and state leaders helped secure $14 million in tax credits from the state, which helped get the project off the ground.
“For Dutchess County, it’s a continued commitment to accessible housing in and around the City of Poughkeepsie and certainly throughout the county,” said Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro.
A commitment Walsh is thankful to be a part of.
“It’s a very good thing that happened to me.”
And so on Walsh's long road, there's hope for a promising future.