Albert Pratt said he’d most likely be homeless if it weren’t for Liberty Apartments at Parkside.
Pratt and other veterans are getting a second chance, thanks to the $11 million, 48-unit multi-family affordable housing project on Parkside Drive at the north end of Canandaigua.
The Vietnam veteran joined a panel of state, federal, veteran and agency representatives Wednesday for the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony at the new facility.
“The staff here and the staff at the VA worked together to get me into the last apartment that was available,” said Pratt. “HUD worked with me so it’s affordable, and the amenities are here if you want them.”
Pratt began his military service at age 17 and went on to serve for four years as an Army missile technician in Vietnam and Korea. Most recently, he lived at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center for about three months, before moving to Liberty in July.