Convent-Turned-Apartment Community Shelters Homeless Veterans
Digested from “Homeless veterans move into Sacred Heart Apartments”
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New Orleans-based Sacred Heart Apartments opened Dec. 19 in the former 87,000-plus-square-foot Sacred Heart convent building with 11 new renters, all homeless veterans with physical or mental disabilities. Once renovations are complete, the building will have 109 units, 55 of them reserved for people who are homeless and disabled.
The renovation is meant to provide affordable housing and preserve a historical structure. In addition to housing homeless veterans, the building will have 54 units for those who have difficulty affording such quality housing. Case managers will be made available to veteran residents to assist in keeping medical appointments and improving familial relationships.
Already since the apartment complex opened, New Orleans has seen homelessness drop to pre-Katrina levels.