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A groundbreaking ceremony for renovations of the housing units for homeless veterans will be held Monday, Sept. 12.

PMG PHOTO: ZANE SPARLING - Volunteers take a break from raking at the Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center in Beaverton on Comcast Cares Day in 2019.The Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center will use a $300,000 grant to help renovate its facility in Beaverton.

The grant from the Home Depot Foundation will be used as part of a multi-million-dollar renovation slated to begin this month, which will convert 48 congregate transitional housing units into individual rooms with bathrooms.

The facility also got a $2.4 million capital grant from the Veterans Administration for the renovations.

The Salvation Army is hosting a groundbreaking ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at the center, which is located at 14825 S.W. Farmington Road.

The renovation will give formerly homeless veterans and their family members an updated and safe facility where they can stay. The new individual rooms will offer increased privacy and dignity as people transition into permanent housing, according to the Salvation Army.

"The Home Depot Foundation is deeply committed to serving veterans and bringing an end to veteran homelessness," Erica Headlee, programs manager for the foundation, said in a press release. "We're proud to partner with the Salvation Army to ensure more veterans and their families in the community have access to the supportive housing and services they need to thrive."

The Veterans and Family Center in Beaverton works with the Veterans Administration and other organizations to assist veterans with finances, housing, self-sufficiency, sobriety and more. Each veteran receives individual weekly case management for 30 days or up to nine months.

All 70 units at the center are reserved for homeless veterans and their immediate family members.

Rhonda Lloyd, executive director of the Beaverton center, said the grant money "will enable us to improve our facility offering private rooms and bathrooms for each veteran while continuing to provide life-changing services for many years to come."

For more information about the Salvation Army Veterans and Family Center, visit veterans.salvationarmy.org.

Editor's note: This story was updated with information about the $2.4 million capital grant from the Veterans Administration.


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