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New Homeless Veterans Shelter Nears Construction Phase

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Fort Hero in Morehouse Parish

The blueprints of a new homeless shelter are pending approval from the state.

The 26,000 square foot Fort Hero Veterans Barracks building has been gutted and prepped for construction.  Northeast Louisiana Veterans Association member George Anselmo says the after many months, organizers are excited about the next phase of the project.

"The plans are at the State Fire Marshal's office in Baton Rouge, and will hopefully be approved shortly," he said.

The building will house area homeless veterans in a safe, secure environment.  "When you talk about housing like this, there are many codes that have to be met and fire safety features to be approved by authorities," said Anselmo,  "We're still in need of donations for these items."

The NLVA hosts a fish fry fundraiser this Wednesday to help with covering costs of the renovation project.  The event will be held at the American Legion Hall on Forsythe Avenue in Monroe.