Medford, OR. -- Today Victory Place, an affordable housing complex for veterans, opened it's doors to the public. It is one of 17 housing projects ACCESS has developed over the past 20 years.
Victory Place has nine studio apartments, and eight one-bedroom apartments. ACCESS was able to build the complex through a $1.96 million grant from Oregon Housing and Community Services. Today OHCS said between 2015 and 2017, Jackson County reduced the population of homeless veterans by 111 people. This amounts to a decrease of 54 percent.
For some veterans, this is the homecoming they always wanted, "This is the welcome home that I never felt," says Vietnam War veteran Brian Griffin.
Griffin says there needs to be more housing options for service members, because more are returing home every year.
"This is just a drop in the bucket compared to what's out there," says Griffin.
U.S. Airforce Veteran and son-in-law to Griffin, John Acosta, says, "It's normal for military men and women to try to be tough and resilient, and not want to have help or accept help."
Acosta says this is a chance for veterans to heal together, and have a place to be vulnerable.
"That's something really special to me. It's veterans helping veterans," says Griffin.
The property development company, Commercial Counsel Inc., guarantees the complex will be affordable for the next 60 years.
Victory Place is located at 510 N. Front Street in Medford.