Peabody Properties Builds Homes for Vets

| October 23, 2017

Peabody, MA – A desire to help end veteran homelessness has led Karen Fish-Will, CEO of Peabody Properties, a Woman Business Enterprise (WBE), and her sister Melissa Fish-Crane, COO, to form Peabody Veteran Supportive Housing, which to date, has developed four veterans housing communities for formerly homeless veterans.

Pleasant St. apartments

Peabody Properties was designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to create four permanent supportive housing developments under the VAMC Enhanced Use Lease Initiative. Pleasant Street Apartments in Beverly was the first permanent housing community dedicated solely for formerly homeless veterans.

This was followed up with the first nationwide on-campus site of permanent housing solely for formerly homeless veterans, Valley Brook Village in Basking Ridge, N.J.

These two projects and two newer projects — Bedford Green in Bedford, Mass. and Howard House in Brockton — are excellent examples of the nonprofit private sector and government sector coming together to fix a societal problem, namely permanent affordable housing for homeless veterans.

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