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Cabin in the Woods Project at Togus open for homeless veterans and families

Event organizer: Volunteers of America Northern New England
Event Date & Time: September 21, 2018 10:00 am

Cabin in the Woods will provide permanent housing for homeless Maine Veterans and their families

AUGUSTA – Join the Volunteers of America Northern New England at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept, 21 at Togus VA Medical Center, 1 VA Center, as we celebrate Maine veterans moving into their new homes at the Cabin in the Woods housing project.

There are 16 one-bedroom and five two-bedroom 550-square-foot cabins, as well as office and community space. The project, on 11 acres obtained through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL), is an important component of both VA’s mission to end Veteran homelessness and the department’s overall asset management program.  Through the EUL program, VA out-leases underutilized real estate under its jurisdiction or control to the private sector for up to 75 years for the purpose of developing supportive housing for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families.  Cabin in the Woods is the first of its kind in Maine that provides permanent housing for both male and female veterans.

Special attention was given to maintaining a rustic, wooded private setting for each of the cabins, according to Volunteers of America. Though they are in a wooded setting, they are also within walking distance of health services at the 500-acre Togus campus outside of Augusta.

Attendees include Richard Hooks Wayman, president and CEO, Volunteers of America Northern New England; June Koegel, executive vice president and COO, Volunteers of America; Dan Brennan, director, Maine State Housing Authority; William Burney, Field Office director, US Department of Housing and Urban Development; Ryan Lilly, Department of Veterans Affairs, former Togus director; Mark Winter, representative for Senator Susan Collins; Teague Morris, representative for Senator Angus King; Aaron Pierce, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

Cabin in the Woods is a collaborative project led by Volunteers of America, with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Maine Healthcare System, Maine Housing, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Bangor Savings Bank, TD Charitable Foundation, Home Depot Foundation and Northern New England Housing Investment Fund.

Detailed directions to Togus VAMC can be found at https://www.maine.va.gov/locations/directions.asp then follow the Volunteers of America signs to the site.

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