First residents move into veteran housing collective

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The first residents have moved into a Massachusetts housing cooperative for veterans.

Army veterans Vicky Perby and Alzina Young moved into the Katie Doherty Veterans Village in Pittsfield on Thursday, the Berkshire Eagle reported.

Soldier On CEO Bruce Buckley said the village is designed with the needs of female veterans in mind. The village is under constant surveillance, provides access to caseworkers and has a television for telehealth visits.

Soldier On is a nonprofit that works with agencies, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, to shelter and support homeless veterans.

“Soldier On helped me a lot,” Perby said. “They gave me a chance to move here and live on my own, and still have the support of Soldier On behind me.” Perby was an army cook stationed at Fort Devens.

Three more residents will move in on Friday and four applied for residency, according to Soldier On’s director of communications, Casey DiCicco.