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Homeless Vets to move into Fort Snelling in MN - From stables and tank garages to apartments

Fort Snelling in the 1800's

How appropriate that Fort Snelling be turned into housing units for homeless vets.

Built in the early 1820’s, Fort Snelling was strategically placed at the junction of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers to combat hostile enemies.  From the Civil War through WWII, Ft. Snelling has been a significant military post.  Now it’s significance will lie in battling homelessness for military veterans.

Abandoned for decades, the 5 units that used to house horses and tanks for active military members, now will house honorably discharged, homeless veterans.  Five of Fort Snelling’s military buildings will be re-purposed into 58 affordable apartments for homeless veterans and their families.  These will not be transitional shelters.  These units will be permanent and fully equipped with multiple bedrooms.

The developers plan to retain the historic integrity of the structures.  The arched brick windows, high beams, and wide doors will all be protected and included in the redesign.

Read more about the homeless veteran housing at Fort Snelling.

Read more about Ft. Snelling history.

 

Fort Snelling Barracks

Upper post-6-15-06j” by Tom Dolan (Tom2hoot at English Wikipedia) – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.