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New England Center for Homeless Veterans embarks on $21 million renovation

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The New England Center for Homeless Veterans is embarking on a $21 million renovation,

scheduled to being in fall 2014. The overhaul will add 35 more permanent apartments, with seven on a floor dedicated to women. And the emphasis at the homeless center will shift from temporary to long-term residence.

Money for the renovation will come mostly from city, state, and federal sources, though about 25 percent will be from private donors. In mid-August, the Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the large-scale upgrade, which will also make the building more handicap-accessible and create office space for services to prevent homelessness.

The renovation will also reflect a shift in veteran demographics: The center now supports a growing number of younger veterans and women.

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