MILLVALE (KDKA) – A Millvale property is getting new life and is helping others to start a new one.
The building will serve as emergency housing for female veterans who need help getting back on their feet.
Veteran Khrysta Brown helped to cut the ribbon on the new multi-unit home.
The house is now part of a program called, “Project Journey.” The program provides emergency housing to women veterans and their families and is run by the Veterans Leadership Program.
“It’s not just the house, but it’s an opportunity for them now to get started and work very hard with our case managers to start rebuilding their lives and reintegrate into society,” Al Mercer with the Veterans Leadership Program said.
Brown benefited from a Project Journey house, when she returned home from Afghanistan.
She had nowhere to go and was sleeping on a friend’s couch….
“It’s just a struggle to come home and not have anything. So I’m ecstatic for whoever gets to stay in this home,” Brown said.
After 45 days with Project Journey, Brown is back on her feet with her own apartment.
She hopes others have the same success in the house on Evergreen Avenue in Millvale.
The home was renovated into two units and was generously donated by William and Paula Griffin.
They lived and ran a business out of the house for 25 years.
“I feel great about it. To be able to contribute something to the cause, these people give so much for us,” William Griffin said.
The Veterans Leadership Program worked with Action Housing.
Together, they created a home that will be put to good use.
“We do a lot of supportive housing work. We do a lot of other work in housing, but taking care of people who really have special needs is really the core of our work. So, we love doing this,” Larry Swanson with Action Housing said.
There are other Project Journey homes in East Liberty, Braddock and the South Side.