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Officials break ground on veteran housing complex

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CHICAGO (Associated Press) -

Officials have broken ground on a Chicago housing complex designed to help veterans at risk for homelessness.

Gov. Pat Quinn and city officials were among those who dug shovelfuls Thursday to mark the start of construction on Hope Manor II.

The campus on the South Side will have 73 units for veterans and their families. Veterans living in the complex will have access to job training, a business center and family counseling. Construction is scheduled to be complete next year.

Volunteers of America shepherded the project, which is funded by federal, state and city grant money.

A group spokeswoman says the complex is also designed to help the Englewood neighborhood, which has some of the city's highest crime and poverty rates.

Officials opened a similar but smaller complex last year.

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