City leaders break ground on veterans' housing complex

By Stacy Jacobsonsjacobson@abcnews4.comCHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- City leaders broke ground Monday at 711 King Street, the site of a new $400,000 affordable housing complex for veterans."Housing is one of the most important things in person's life," Charleston City Councilman James Lewis Jr. said. "Give a person decent housing and they'll be a better part of the community. These veterans, men and women, serve our country.""This country and this city owes them a wonderful place to live. That's exactly what's happening right here," Mayor Joe Riley said.The Ralph H. Johnson V.A. Medical Center serves about 58,000 vets in the Charleston area, officials said. Nearly 900 of them are homeless, officials added. And many more get help via transitional housing programs."I am a vet myself. This is a great effort coming together," said Pastor Alonza Washington with Wallingford Presbyterian Church.Wallingford Presbyterian Church donated the land where four apartments will be built. After that, they hoped to renovate two small existing buildings there, which are not allowed to be torn down due to historical building requirements. Officials planned to finish construction in 2015. {}