Housing development for homeless veterans coming to Wytheville

Published: Jun. 23, 2016 at 5:12 PM EDT
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There are up to 150 homeless veterans in southwest Virginia according to the Wytheville Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

That agency is now preparing to build homes for some of the veterans that desperately need it.

Construction on the Freedom Lane housing project is expected to start next month.

The 11 buildings will have 24 units inside with one or two bedrooms on one level.

Priority is given to veterans who need affordable housing.

"My father was a World War II veteran. He passed away 20 years ago but he would be very proud of this. I have a soft spot for veterans. I feel like we owe a lot to our veterans," said Randy Martin, the director and CEO of the Wytheville Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

The five million dollar housing development is one of very few in the United States.

They're expected to be open next year. For more information about the festival, go to