“When First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Joining Forces initiative to support veterans and military families, she called on all of us, ‘not to simply say thank you but to mobilize, take action and make a real commitment to supporting our military families,'” said Mayor Zimmer. “Today we are taking real action to support our veterans, to help rebuild Post 107, and to provide housing for six homeless veterans.”
These are sixty (60) photos form the ground breaking. They are also on our Facebook page. All Photos were taken by Asish Patel.
The American Legion Post 107 sustained severe damage from flooding during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and requested a partnership with the City of Hoboken to rebuild its facility. This partnership involved the creation of six residential units in a new, elevated space that would protect the American Legion from flooding at the ground level.
Monarch Housing Associates is a proud partner in the American Legion Post 107 project. The American Legion Post 107 retained Monarch Housing Associates, Inc. to secure six project-based vouchers for homeless veterans and obtain project financing through federal grants.
The American Legion Post 107 is also privately raising additional funds to cover expenses such as furniture, appliances, and other amenities for veterans who will reside in these units.
The groundbreaking took place at American legion Post 107’s headquarters at 308 2nd Street in Hoboken. The event marked the closing of the old post. Established in 1920, Post 107 has served Hoboken and the surrounding community (including Jersey City and Union City) for nearly 100 years.
The Post provide safe and stable housing for homeless veterans of all American wars. Post 107 is one of the oldest operating Posts in New Jersey.
The unemployment rate of post-9/11 veterans (aka “Gulf War-era II veterans”) is 6.2% Veterans make up 12% of the adult homeless population. Many homeless veterans end up living on the streets for 8 or 9 times the length of their deployments.