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New effort in Campbell to provide housing for Valley Veterans

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CAMPBELL, Ohio -

A new and unique effort to help our Valley's Bravest is taking root in Campbell.

Many of the former Youngstown Sheet and Tube Company homes have stood empty and abandoned for years.

The Iron Soup Historical Preservation Company has been trying to breathe new life into the once thriving community. Right now, their focus is on two units that would be available as temporary housing to veterans that need off the street.

"We are working from our non-profit, we will never collect rent on those two units. And if something happened, God forbid, we would donate two other units," said Linda Gens with the Iron Soup Historical Preservation Company.

Contractors and other volunteers are hard at work and hope to have the units ready in just a couple of weeks.

"I came down here because I feel strongly that our veterans deserve more than what they are getting. I think it's a good way to give back for the people that have kind of signed that blank check and went and provided for us," said Ed Esker with Guyz Gutter in Youngstown.

Organizers say two veterans have already been screened and are ready to move in once the apartments are ready. 

The veterans will be working with a counselor and social services to get back on their feet. They'll then be offered another apartment in the complex where rent will be based on their income.

Iron Soup hopes to eventually designate the community to Valley veterans. The non-profit already owns about 20 units they are working to improve but, they say there are many more abandoned units they hope to obtain.

"They feel more comfortable being around each other, they know what they have been through, they are familiar with their experiences, it makes them a little bit more at ease being around other veterans," said Timothy Sokoloff with the Iron Soup Historical Preservation Company.

The project is garnering support from all walks of life. The Bearded Sinners Beard Club known for their beards and love for community is also on board.

"Today has been mostly closing and sealing the buildings, windows and doors, and what not, to make sure moving forward access is fairly limited so clean up can actually begin into the other apartments," said Billy Braker with the Bearded Sinner Bear Club.

Iron Soup and the Youngstown Inner City Garden are looking for donations and volunteers.

Organizers say they will be on hand every weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or anytime help is available.

Contact: Iron Soup Historical Preservation Company / 330-531-2883 or Mason Carratt 234-855-0259.

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