Vets village planned for Chico

Could house more than 50 veterans and their families

Veterans Housing Development Corp. and Urban Housing Communities plan to create three two-story apartment buildings at 1993 Bruce Road to serve more than 50 veterans and their families who earn between 30 percent and 50 percent of the area median household income.

Chico Veterans Village also would include case management and offices occupied by the Chico Veterans Resource Center, as well as a community center, basketball court and garden. The $25 million project will be primarily funded by California’s Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program.

The Planning Commission will decide whether to approve the project tonight (June 21) at 6 p.m. during its regular meeting in the City Council chambers.

Brad Long, senior regional site director of Veterans Resource Centers of America, said given the percentage of homeless veterans in California, “we know that we have to make a pretty large effort to create as many housing opportunities for veterans as possible.”