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Douglas County, GA - The Douglas County Board of Commissioners and the Community Services Board held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the completion of seven refurbished town homes to provide affordable housing for discharged veterans.
“It means we are taking progressive steps to make sure our veterans are not left behind, said Douglas County Chairwoman, Dr. Romona Jackson Jones. “Completion of this housing complex for veterans shows what we all can do when we collaborate with state and federal officials.”
The complex, which the CSB has owned since 2005, formally housed women battling substance abuse matters. The program ended in 2014, so the apartments remained vacant. The CSB approached the Douglas County Board of Commissioners with a partnership, and with a unanimous vote, the Commissioners provided $391 thousand in funding to complete the renovations.
“We have veterans who are discharged every day, from 19 to 40 years of age, who need a leg up to be a thriving citizen in this community, and now we can provide these services to make it a little easier, said Raye Lightford, CSB Chief Operating Officer.
The Community Service Board has also partnered with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to provide long-term housing and rental assistance to veterans that qualify.
The Douglas County Community Services Board (CSB), also deemed the Behavioral Health Authority (BHA) in some communities and a Community Mental Health Clinic (CMHC), is a local provider of support to individuals with mental health challenges, substance use disorders, and intellectual disability (ID) and/or developmental disability (DD). CSB’s provide support to the public and individuals transitioning from an institution to the community with various supports.