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Soldier On Featured in AARP Video

Four years ago, Michael Shindler’s home was a sleeping bag under a pine tree in a park in Pittsfield, Mass. Today, the 54-year-old Air Force veteran, recovering alcoholic and mentor to at-risk kids lives just up the street, but worlds away in his own gleaming apartment. He also owns a share of the complex and has a voice in how the place is run.

His permanent digs are part of a newly constructed, think-outside-the-box center for homeless vets — the Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community. Opened in January, this groundbreaking approach to housing is helping end homelessness for American veterans.

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Soldier On Receives Door Knocker Award

In partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, Soldier On became one of 14 recipients of the HOME Door Knocker Award for outstanding work in producing affordable housing for the underserved. The Gordon H. Mansfield Community Village in Pittsfield, MA represents a model for developing innovative housing solutions to meet previously homeless veterans’ specific needs. The Gordon H. Mansfield Community Village is a limited equity cooperative designed to serve formerly homeless veterans who have completed transitional programs and are ready to move into permanent supportive housing.

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Newton Mayor Setti Warren Visits Soldier On

PITTSFIELD — Newton Mayor Setti Warren extended his U.S. Senate campaign trail through the Berkshires on Thursday.

Warren, 40, announced earlier this week that he will seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown in the 2012 election.

On Thursday, he spent part of the morning at Cranwell Resort in Lenox, participating in the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s annual spring conference for the Massachusetts Mayors Association. Later in the morning, he visited Solider On in Pittsfield to tour its new 39-unit residential housing project and to meet with veterans there.

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Soldier On To Build Permanent Housing for Vet at VA-Leeds

NORTHAMPTON-The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced today that it will partner with Soldier On, a local nonprofit agency, to provide permanent housing on about 9 acres of land at the U.S. Veterans Administration Medical Center in Leeds.

The two-part program, which has been approved at the highest levels of the VA in Washington, D.C., is expected to bring in up to $9 million in federal funds and create 60-80 permanent housing for formerly homeless veterans on the VA campus here, with the long-term goal of building up to 200 housing units here. The units would be cooperative, limited-equity housing with veterans earning a financial stake over time.

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Senator Scott Brown Visits the Gordon H. Mansfield Veteran Community in Pittsfield

Paul Merrill reported Senator Scott Brown’s visit to our Pittsfield facility in yesterday’s Fox23 News Story.  Senator Brown explained to reporters that our progressive approach to veteran homelessness and new affordable, sustainable housing units will “set the trend, nationally.”

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