New apartment complex to help homeless and disabled veterans

$12 million effort by the Fresno Housing Authority to help veterans

Fresno, Calif. - A new apartment complex to help homeless and disabled veterans opened it doors Friday.

The 40-unit apartment is called Renaissance at Parc Grove, and it's located across the street from the Department of Veterans Affairs on Clinton Avenue.

The opening of the $12 million apartment means veterans like Marla Danny are one step closer to having their own place to call home.

"It is amazing," said Danny.

Danny enlisted in the Navy 30 years ago, and served five years Naval Air Station Lemoore.

"Believe it or not, I was a hydraulics mechanics on A4's and F18's.

After 25 years of marriage, Danny's husband died.

"I started dealing drugs, and I got hooked in and I was my own best customer," said Danny.

Danny ended up on the streets, and luckily entered into the Westcare's drug and treatment program.

Six months later, she is off drugs and opening up new house warming gifts for her new apartment.

It's all thanks to the Fresno Housing Authority.

They built the apartment to put a dent in the estimated 150 homeless veterans living in the City of Fresno. 

"They'll pay 30 percent of their income towards rent, and the rest will be paid for by the housing choice voucher," said Preston Prince, chief executive officer of the Fresno Housing Authority.  

Prince said this effort has been at least five years in the making.

"We are thanking those who did a service to our country, and we are now giving to them so that they have an opportunity to live robust lives," said Prince.

Danny is thankful for a fresh start.

"Had I not had these programs and faith, I wouldn't have made it. I would've been gone and dead by now," said Danny.

There are still applications available to live at Parc Grove.

Applications are available through Westcare. 

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