MEDFORD, Ore. – Construction of a block of affordable veteran housing units is now complete, local mental health organization ColumbiaCare said Friday.

ColumbiaCare laid the foundation stone for the residential complex in July last year. Now the 16 Unit Assistance Program on the corner of Stewart and Columbus is ready to welcome local veterans who have otherwise been homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

“We are excited to add this much-needed enclosure to our existing Veterans Services continuum,” said Joseph Chick, Veterans Services Director. “We know how important living is for the safety, health and well-being of people. and unfortunately there is currently not enough. These apartments will help fill this void. “

Stewart Avenue Apartments has an on-site resident manager who welcomes and supports new residents while they live in the buildings. They also have an office and a common room where tenants can take part in social activities or classes after the COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed.

ColumbiaCare said the veterans “couldn’t be more excited” to get keys to a place of their own. All units have already been settled and the veterans should move in on Monday.

“While it’s very exciting that we’re opening a new apartment complex, I think the most important stories are each and every veteran’s story. Their sacrifice and service, the dedication and courage they have shown to tackle challenges in their life and now the hope and opportunity to have their own place to call home, “Chick said better and it couldn’t be a more deserving group. “

ColumbiaCare thanked the state and local partners who supported and funded the project, particularly Housing and Community Services for the City of Medford and Oregon.