An apartment renovation project providing affordable housing for homeless veterans could be ready by September 2023 in Edgerton

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EDGERTON, Wis. (WMTV) – A “Heroes’ Hike for Hope” event has helped Edgerton Outreach raise money and awareness for an apartment renovation project to provide affordable apartments for homeless veterans.

The nonprofit Edgerton Outreach looked at data from Rock County that showed there were 168 homeless veterans in the county in 2021.

Board treasurer Ray Oswald said Wisconsin veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder sometimes struggle to find housing while focusing on their health.

“It’s hard to progress without a permanent address,” Oswald said.

He helped organize the Hike for Heroes event on Saturday to raise money and awareness for the apartment complex renovation project at 210 West Fulton in Edgerton.

Active military and veterans walked 24.6 miles from Beloit to Edgerton and were greeted by the community with live music at the end.

“They deserve to be recognized for the work they have done. and it opens up an opportunity for a community to come together to share the work, the prize, and build something that makes our community better,” Oswald said.

Edgerton resident Thomas McCoy appreciated the efforts of the small but selfless community.

“People are not just helping themselves, but everyone around them could use help,” McCoy said.

McCoy is a veteran, just like his father.

“I’ve lived with him all my life and seen the cost of being a veteran,” he said. “I’m glad Edgerton is taking the initiative to do something like this. It is really impressive. It’s a small town with a big heart.

Oswald said the goal is to begin the construction portion of the building and renovation project in September 2022 and complete it by September 2023.

People can find more information or donate at the link here.

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