- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) - A shelter specifically for homeless veterans is likely to open in Waverly.

KCRG-TV (https://bit.ly/1Glwfkj ) reports the Bremer County supervisors will consider Wednesday a 120-year-old home as a shelter site that would offer veterans either short-term stays of a few days or transitional housing of a few months. This would be the second veterans-only shelter in Iowa.

Nonprofit group Waverly Homes purchased the house for future expansion, but some area veterans pitched the idea of using the home as a shelter for veterans in need until it was time for the home to be demolished.

Rebecca Laas, executive director of Waverly Homes, says “It’s a good use. We don’t want to have to deal with renters and it’s a need in the community so we thought why not?”

Bremer County Veterans Affairs would be able to use the home to house up to seven vets or family members at a time for $260 a month. The affairs group says that it would depend on donations to run the shelter. Some donors have offered furnishing for the home, which needs some minor repairs.

The affairs group says that the home will help veterans with employment.

“They won’t have to say, I’ll have to get back to you I don’t have a place to live right now. Instead, they’ll instantly have an address and even a phone number for employers to contact them about a job,” Campbell said.

The nonprofit does not expect to use the land for two to three years.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, https://www.kcrg.com

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