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Town meeting slated for Tuesday on veterans housing

Published: Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 10:57 p.m. CDT

JOLIET – A nonprofit group that is converting four apartment buildings in a Joliet neighborhood into veterans housing will hold a town meeting Tuesday to talk about the project.

Veterans Housing and Employment Assistance is creating 30 apartments in the buildings at Hickory and Oneida streets. Two of the buildings already are occupied, and two more are under construction.

“We currently have five veterans living there now,” said Christopher LaFayelle, co-founder of the organization.

The meeting is at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 710 W. Marion St.

LaFayelle said the meeting will be a chance for members of the community to learn more about the project. It also will provide information for local contractors interested in doing work on the two remaining buildings.

Veterans Housing and Employment Assistance provides housing for low-income veterans while offering assistance in finding employment, LaFayelle said. The Wheaton-based organization has done a similar project in Waukegan and has plans for others in Elgin, Rockford and Dixon, LaFayelle said.

The two buildings already completed have seven units with five occupied. The two buildings yet to be finished are 15-unit and eight-unit buildings.

Plans for the larger building have been modified to include fewer apartments, LaFayelle said. City officials had raised concerns about the number of units in the building, he said.

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