Together with many community members we have brought this 1939 mini-mansion back to life, ready to give five veterans a new home and a fresh start with help from our community partners. We reached out to our local community and business owners in late October 2018 with the need for volunteers to paint, household goods, furniture and monetary donations to make our vision a reality. The response was overwhelming. We were able through volunteers and donations, to paint the interior of the home, and almost completely furnish the home. Each bedroom was adopted as well as the library, breakfast nook and mantle by community members in honor of Veteran family members.
Polk CDC, a local non-profit 501(c)(3) affordable housing developer has made Dallas its home for 30 years. We have built properties you may recognize: Woodbridge Meadow, Rickreall Creek Townhomes, and the Jen’s Place Complex on East Ellendale among others. Our new venture is housing for local Veterans experiencing homelessness. We have purchased a large brick house at the corner of Washington and Levens to convert into housing for these Veterans to give them a chance to rebuild their lives. We have many service provider partners to help them. The Veteran Services Office next door provides them a place to meet for peer-to-peer support and other technical assistance, as well as the ARCHES Project. If needed services are also available through Polk County Family & Community Outreach and Polk County Behavior Health.
Items Still Needed for the Levens Veterans’ House:
- Monetary donations to waterproof the basement and add drainage to the perimeter of the house, add HVAC for the basement, removal of non-functioning oil burning boiler and tank, pour new driveway and repair brick and mortar to the exterior as well as improve landscape.
- Living Room: Used/new large leather furniture in good condition as well as side tables to match the existing oak coffee table.
- 1 or 2 Contractors to adopt a basement window to add emergency exit.
- Donated pavers for back door to access laundry area (120 sq. ft.).
Our estimated date of completion for our second housing project for Veterans’ experiencing homelessness is April 1, 2019. This building is located in Independence and consists of four, 1 bedroom units, will also need to be fully furnished. Please contact us if you would like to adopt a room, donate furnishings, household goods or if you would like to make a monetary donation specifically to help purchase needed items for Veterans experiencing homelessness.