- Associated Press - Thursday, February 4, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A nonprofit group is targeting a long-vacant nursing home in Wilmington to be the state’s largest facility dedicated to housing homeless veterans.

David Mosley, founder of the Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans, says the group now has an agreement to purchase the former Layton Home in Wilmington for $1.8 million. The 48,000-square-foot building will be the first facility in Delaware contracted by the government to provide subsidized, permanent housing for veterans.

Mosley says that once renovated, the building will feature 51 apartments, conference rooms and 10 office spaces. About $1.5 million will be spent on renovations.

The center is the first in the state to receive federally funded Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers tied to a specific housing project.

Mosley hopes to have the building complete by March 2017.

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