JONESBORO — With the announcement of a new grant, the City of Jonesboro has begun advertising for bids for construction of the final major element of Veterans Village on Aggie Road.
The city will open bids at 2 p.m. Jan. 28 for construction of the community building, which will house essential support services provided by the Arkansas State University Beck Center for Veterans.
Seven standalone 550-square-foot one-bedroom hoses and two 950-square-foot two-bedroom houses are under construction.
That part of the work, scheduled for completion in March, is funded largely by a $1,058,925 grant from the National Housing Trust Fund, administered in Arkansas by the Arkansas Development Finance Authority. The grant covers the cost of the purchase of land and most of the cost of construction of the houses. Olympus Construction of Jonesboro is the general contractor.
The private Sunderland Foundation of Kansas provided $100,000 in October for the community building, and Mayor Harold Copenhaver announced Monday that the Arkansas attorney general’s office will provide another $250,000 in taxpayer funds for the project.
Arkansas has 230,000 veterans, including more than 6,000 in Craighead County. It’s estimated that more than 500 are homeless throughout the state.
Inspired by a project in Kansas City, Mo., then-Mayor Harold Perrin began a campaign to raise funds for this facility.
Jonesboro’s Veterans Village is Arkansas’ first neighborhood providing housing and resources for homeless veterans.