By Lauren French
January 4, 2016

Volunteers in Campbell, Ohio are working to help veterans get back on their feet, starting with a project that will transform abandoned apartments into rent-free housing for homeless veterans.

Iron Soup Historical Preservation and community volunteers began remodeling two apartments on Saturday and plan to move four veterans into them when their work is finished. KLFY News reports the long-term plan is to turn over nearly 160 apartments in the area to create a community for vets.

Once the veterans are back on their feet, the goal is to move them into more permanent housing.

Iron Soup Historical Preservation has invested thousands of dollars into the two apartments, but it isn’t the only one making a financial contribution. Brian Reed, a community member who owns a construction business, remodeled the bathroom free of charge.

“We’ve all been down and out,” Reed told KLFY News. “It’s time to help out other people.”

All cabinets, tiles and furniture were donated, and other volunteers helped rake leaves and paint walls in preparation for the veterans’ arrival.

Volunteers will begin work on the apartments again Sunday morning.

Write to Lauren French at laurenfrench651@gmail.com.

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