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New community will give veterans in need of rehabilitation a place to call home

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NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Mayor Mitch Landrieu listed affordable housing a top priority in his state of the city address, and used a veterans home under construction Gentilly as an example.
 
The nonprofit group Bastion broke ground on the first Bastion Community of Resilience.

"What makes Bastion unique from other veteran housing developments is were recruiting older adults to live next door and give six hours of service each week to support veteran caregivers and spouses. It's a whole community approach," said founder Dylan Tete,

Construction has already begun on 38 residence on the more than 5 acre plot of land in the 1900 block of Mirabeau. In all, 78 residential units will be built in two phases.

"A lot of times when guys come out of acute care they go out in the community and figure it out on their own. Here everybody in the community will be involved in that care and that healing," said veteran Jeremy Brewer

Bastion Builds neighborhoods in New Orleans for returning soldiers with lifelong rehabilitative needs and their families. The City of New Orleans provided $1 million in City HOME funds for the project, as well as a payment in lieu of taxes incentive.

"I knew that we could do it," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "I knew there were people like Dylan who would step up to the plate."

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