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A new housing development in Kansas City will help struggling veterans get their lives back on track. Not only will the new housing community help veterans, but the Cameron Place Development will replace an inner-city eyesore at 32nd and Brighton.

A local non-profit helped jumpstart the project to help troubled veterans. An increasing number of troops fighting overseas face uncertain futures, particularly housing arrangements when returning home.

"This is a huge need that we're trying to address in our neighborhoods," said Chris Vukas of Greater Kansas City LISC, an organization that provides supports in low-income communities.

Vukas said an estimated 600 veterans in the metro can't find affordable housing.

"You're always going to be couch hopping, sleeping in different places," he said. "You have no stability in your life without housing."

The Cameron Place is a 48-unit housing community that provides veterans with the basic building block for life. Vukas said safe and stable housing will assist veterans in finding a job and will help them overcome mental issues that an estimated one-third of veterans deal with.

Cameron Place will not only tend to veterans, but their wives as well.

"They'll have their own internal support systems within units because they're dealing with a lot of stresses in life that other people don't have to deal with," said Vukas.

Cameron Place will replace three abandoned and condemned buildings within walking distance of the Veterans Hospital. For the $8 million dollar project, Greater Kansas City LISC is providing a quarter million dollar pre-development loan, an often risky investment that's key to getting a redevelopment project off the ground.

Cameron Place is named after a founding member of Swope Community Builders, which is carrying out the project. It's expected to be completed in early to mid 2013.

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