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Second homeless veterans' home project underway

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A new project to help veterans get back on their feet is gaining momentum.

What was once a neighborhood of a few abandoned homes is slowly but surely starting to get new life in Waterloo.

Fortunately, it's all for a good cause too.

Board by board, room by room, the home at 414 East Ninth Street will soon be transitional housing for at least four veterans in need.

Americans for Independent Living Founder and Director Tim Combs said the community's support has been tremendous.

"It's overwhelming. It's hard to put into words. The gentlemen living in our first house, a couple of them have jobs now by working and earning an income. Now, it's just working with them at that point to be out on their own," Combs said.

As soon as volunteers got done working on this house to help veterans in need, they started revamping the house next door.

They hope to have this project done by the end of November.

"There's some need for some money right now. We had a pretty good fund last year when we did the first house, and this one here now is just (pay) as we go," Combs said.

Combs said three veterans live in the first house, the second house will hold four veterans, and a third home across the street will be fixed for female veterans.

"We don't hope to have any female veterans come up who are homeless and need a place to go, but we'll have somewhere specific for them," Combs said.

Right now, their biggest concern seems to be paying for these projects, and if you'd like to help, you can click here.

The third home doesn't need any major renovations just yet, and as soon as it's cleaned, they'll be ready to move veterans inside.

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