Housing facility for veterans expands

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A permanent supportive housing community for disabled and formerly homeless veterans in central Ohio has expanded, with a similar facility expected to open next year in northwest Ohio.

Federal, state and local officials are helping celebrate the grand opening of the expanded Commons at Livingston community in Columbus on Wednesday. The community created and operated by the nonprofit National Church Residences opened in 2011 with 50 one-bedroom apartments. The $7.2 million expansion project includes 50 additional units.

The community provides veterans with on-site social, educational, vocational and health care support services that allow more opportunity for stability and self-sufficiency.

The facility is financed through federal, state and local funding and donations. All veterans in the housing community are disabled. They pay some rent and must meet certain income requirements.