DC veterans housing center ready for big snowstorm after renovations made



By Tisha Lewis

The men living in a D.C. veterans home will stay dry this weekend when the big snowstorm arrives in the D.C. area. But that was not always the case.

FOX 5 first brought you their story last summer when the Southeast Veterans Service Center was under construction for months. Until recently, every time it rained or snowed, the roof leaked leaving wet spots inside the building.

Ahead of the big winter storm, that problem and many more have been fixed including floors, pipes and bathrooms. “I was amazed when they replaced the roof,” said James Morris. “No more leaks during rainstorms or melting snow.”

He is one of more than 50 veterans living at the veteran center. The former Air Force veteran is thankful a roof repair made the cut ahead of the anticipated snowstorm. “It makes me feel welcomed home, more than just saying, ‘Welcome home,’” said Morris.

Back in August, construction projects were abandoned. Veterans living here were coming home to exposed piping, faulty bathrooms and newspaper covering unfished floors.

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