- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina is getting more than $4 million to build housing and other benefits for homeless veterans.

Gov. Pat McCrory announced the federal grant Monday. The $4.2 million will be used to transform an unused state building in Butner into the Veterans Life Center.

McCrory says the site will include clean, safe housing for up to 150 veterans. The facility will also have vocation training as well as education and mentoring opportunities for veterans who do not have a home.

The nonprofit Veterans Leadership Council-CARES of North Carolina will run the center through private and public partnerships.

Veterans will be accepted from all areas of the state. McCrory hopes to have the facility open in two years.

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