Hildenbrand announces $1.6 million for Grand Rapids Home for Veterans renovations
Lansing— A long standing goal of renovating a significant portion of rooms at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans (Home) is one step closer to becoming a reality today following actions taken by the Legislature. State Senator Dave Hildenbrand (R-Lowell) was successful in his efforts to get $1.6 million in state funds included in the budget that will be used to renovate the McLeish Building at the Home.
“Currently, some of our veterans are housed four people to a room,” said Hildenbrand. “This arrangement provides for little privacy and dignity for these men and women who have selflessly served our nation. I visit the Home on a regular basis and have been pushing for these additional resources since being elected to the Michigan Senate.”
The Home began the process of renovating the rooms in McLeish by first completing two "test" rooms. Unfortunately, due to lack of funds the project has been stalled. The $1.6 million appropriation is part of the recently announced budget agreement that was reached between the Governor and Legislative leaders.
The McLeish building was built in 1975 when standards of care were very different from those of today. With this renovation 36 rooms that currently house four residents will be converted to house two residents in a semi-private setting. Additionally, rooms currently housing two residents will be remodeled into private single occupancy rooms.
“We owe it to our veterans to ensure that they have the best possible living arrangements while in the care of the Home," expressed Hildenbrand. "We have ignored critical capital projects at the Home for too long." "This is a step in the right direction and I will continue to advocate for the funds necessary to make the Home an outstanding facility for our veterans."