Danville Veterans Have New Place to Call Home
DANVILLE, Ill. (WCCU/WICS) —
The Danville V.A.’s newest housing project, Cannon Place, now offers 65 furnished units for veterans to call home.
Perhaps one of the toughest times for soldiers is after they return home from service. Army Veteran Doug Hogue knows how hard it can be transitioning from serving back to civilian life.
"Nobody understands what you're going through,” Hogue said. “It's a whole different thing to go from military life to civilian life and having people dislike you and not agree with what you did.”
Hogue came back from Vietnam in 1969. Not only did he not feel welcome, he also had no place to live and has been on and off the streets ever since.
Now Vets like him finally have a place to call home at the Danville V.A.’s newest facility, Canon Place.
"They're beautiful apartments,” Hogue said. “They have a dishwasher, fully furnished, couch, beds, everything!"
It took almost six years of planning and construction before Canon Place could open its doors.
"A lot of work, a lot of blood, sweat and tears, literally, to pull together,” Mercy Housing Lakefront President Mark Angelini said. “But when you see it finished and the impact it's having on the residents, that's what it's all about."
Veterans say their new apartments offer them more than just a place to lay their head at night; and it's something they can't find in other housing options.
"It's hard to move into an apartment, there's a lot of people that don't understand Veterans,” Hogue said. “To be in this place where there's a lot of other veterans, it's really helpful."
For more information about the home, visit https://www.mercyhousing.org/Illinois/Danville-Veterans-Supportive-Housing