WBZ Cares: Expanding Veterans Housing

Brighton Marine Health Center (Photo Credit: Brighton Marine Health Center/Facebook)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling the Brighton Marine Health Center, which helps connect veterans and their families with the resources they need.

Brighton Marine will soon break ground on a 6-story building with 102 units of affordable housing for qualifying veterans and their families.

President and CEO Michael Dwyer says, “We don’t have enough veterans housing. We have housing for veterans homeless, we have court street, pine street, but there is no housing for men and women, the heroes of our country coming back”.

He went on to say that this new housing will help veterans as they leave the military.

“Transition is not all that easy from military life, whether its combat or non-combat. I think housing, ya know, it gives you that leg up. And then you can go to school, you can continue on your job, and build your career,” Dwyer stated.

Dwyer says this will play an important role in veteran's lives when coupled with the services at Brighton Marine.

“We’re not warehousing people. We’re creating a sense of place. But it really is a, we think of it more as a, village. They can get their healthcare here if they choose to be. They can get their clinical, their behavioral health, their teeth, their orthopedics, their x-rays here or down the street,” Dwyer said.

And this new affordable housing will be part of the overall community.

“I would like to create a community. Develop a community that is connected to the civilian communities. So it’s not a standalone. It’s integrated. People have a better understanding,” Dwyer concluded.

WBZ NewsRadio1030's Doug Cope Reports

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