MAR Foundation Trustees recently got a first-hand look at one of the newest facilities for homeless Veterans in the western metro. The tour of the four-unit apartment building in Chaska culminated in the presentation of a $2,000 Foundation grant to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV). MACV is one of 11 recipients of funds from the MAR Foundation’s annual grant program.
The Foundation’s grant will help fund the remodeling of the apartment building which is a partnership between MACV and the Carver County Community Development Authority. The goal is to help homeless Veterans get back on their feet by providing affordable housing.
The building has three two-bedroom apartments and one three-bedroom apartment, each of which is being completely renovated with new appliances and a washer-dryer in each unit. The building will be complete and fully occupied within a year.
MACV manages 57 units of transitional housing where Veterans can live for up to two years while they overcome barriers to finding their own homes. Chronically homeless and Veterans with disabilities can access MACV’s 59 units of permanent supportive housing and live as independently as possible while still engaging with on-site services and support.
Housing is part of a range of services that MACV provides Veterans. It also provides direct financial assistance, employment services and legal help. For more information, visit www.mac-v.org.
Left to right:
Carrie Chang, MAR CEO
Alyssa Fischer, MAR Foundation Trustee
Kath Hammerseng, MAR Foundation Trustee
Sarah Carlson, Carver County CDA Commissioner
Dave Philp, MAR Foundation Trustee
Jon Lovald, Chief Operations Officer, MACV
Cari Linn, MAR Foundation Chair
Ken Colston, MAR Foundation Grant Committee Chair