Temple: Habitat for Humanity to build duplexes for homeless vets

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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) Fort Hood Area Habitat for Humanity plans to build 13 duplexes to house 26 homeless veterans in what is now a vacant lot at Hope Street and 38th Avenue in Temple.

“That is just the first step in ending our homeless veterans out on the street. The forgotten heroes” said Fort Hood Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Ken Cates.

Cates says it’s his mission to give back.

“We are giving more than just homes to our homeless veterans, we are bringing in a lot of other veterans or active service duty members to serve the veterans. So it's an appreciation it's another way for others to give back to veterans who have been forgotten.”

The VA will choose the 26 veterans, but this project is just the beginning, Cates said.

“This is just the first of several of these communities that we are going to be doing the next phase we are looking is Nolanville.”

Cates says there are more than 1,500 homeless veterans in Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties.

Ground will be broken for the duplexes early next year.

Cates says construction should be completed by December 2018.