Project Now Completes First Honor Home
Hoping to help veterans find homes in the Quad Cities, Project Now has started a project called Honor Homes. Last week, it dedicated the first of six affordable homes it's fixed up specifically for veterans.
Community Services Director Ron Lund says the property in Rock Island was donated to Project Now several years ago, and underwent extensive renovation.
"We have an affordable housing crisis in our community - we're short 6,600 units. And really when you start looking at the demographics and the clients, we have a huge veteran population in the Quad Cities."
Nationwide, about seven percent of Americans have served in the military, but it's 8.3 per cent in the Quad Cities, or about 26,000 local residents.
Lund says work could begin soon on a second Honor Home.
"The single family home that we're converting into a duplex in Moline - I want to say end of year, but honestly with the cost of construction materials and things like that, financially it may not make sense to do it right now."
Project Now is now planning to fix up a total of six Honor Homes - in Rock Island, Moline, and Kewanee.