As part of the Commonwealth’s longstanding commitment to veteran services, the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) conveyed 6.907± acres of state-owned property in the town Agawam to Soldier On, a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness. The property, the former Western Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Center, was developed into limited equity cooperative housing for 51 homeless veterans. The Agawam project was approved in 2015, with construction beginning in March 2016. The roughly $14 million project was financed through state and federal historic tax credits, in partnership with companies such as Citizens Bank and the Stratford Capital Group.
On Monday September 18, 2017, a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of this wonderfully restored property and honor the veteran recipients.