In May, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Cabin in the Woods project, a supportive rural community of 21 cabins that provide permanent homes for Veterans and their family members. The project was made possible through VA’s Enhanced-Use Lease program. Through the Enhanced-Use Lease program, VA leases out underutilized land to be developed as housing for homeless and at-risk Veterans.
The Cabin in the Woods project is located at the Togus VA Medical Center in Augusta, Maine, and is designed to shelter and care for homeless Veterans in a safe and supportive community. Working with local, regional, state, and federal agencies to meet the diverse needs of its residents, the Cabin in the Woods will place an emphasis on family reunification and employment to help Veterans get back on their feet. It is the first project of its kind in Maine, and the only program in the state that will house homeless male and female Veterans, and their families.
This article was submitted by VA’s Homeless Veterans Outreach and Communications Office, whose mission is to improve access to VA care among homeless and at-risk Veterans by expanding awareness of VA programs for that subset of the Veteran population. The office also helps to develop collaborative relationships with organizations that can help homeless Veterans access employment opportunities, affordable housing, and move-in essential items, which all increase the likelihood that they will remain stably housed after exiting homelessness.