Gosar tour

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, left, a member of the Rural Veterans Caucus, speaks with Mohave Electric Cooperative CEO Tyler Carlson inside the veterans’ wing of the BHHS Legacy Foundation Christine Stamper Center for Help & Hope in Bullhead City. The veterans’ wing will consist of eight beds.

 

BULLHEAD CITY — Homeless does not mean forgotten.

Mohave Electric Cooperative is providing financial support for an eight-bed veterans’ wing of the BHHS Legacy Foundation Christine Stamper Center for Help & Hope.

The facility, under construction on North Oatman Road at Miracle Mile in Bullhead City, is scheduled to open next spring.

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, a member of the Rural Veterans Caucus, visited the building on Monday. Gosar has a long-standing interest in veterans affairs, such as getting veterans the benefits and care they deserve and earned.

“Mohave Electric supports veterans in many ways throughout our service territory,” said Tyler Carlson, CEO of MEC. “Our board of directors recognizes our community has a critical need to assist homeless veterans with temporary shelter and nutrition and other assistance to help them get back on their feet.”

In 2018, the MEC board established a goal to partner with local charities and organizations, including BHHS Legacy Foundation and Catholic Charities Community Services, to provide a facility for veterans who are temporarily without adequate shelter.

Construction began last January with an expected completion date in 2020.

The MEC board of directors voted to authorize Carlson the ability to grant up to $30,000 annually of assigned capital credits to the veterans wing of the shelter for the purpose of delivering financial assistance for the facility to support homeless veterans in the MEC service communities of Bullhead City, Fort Mohave, Mohave Valley, Golden Shores, Kingman, Wikieup, Hackberry and Peach Springs.

MEC also plans to invest in solar resources for the facility.

“This is done to help reduce the annual operating costs for the entire facility,” Carlson said.

The solar energy equipment is provided by MEC’s Solar Initiative for the Community and funded by a billing surcharge for renewable energy programs approved by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

“I want to thank all the partners involved in this effort,” Carlson said. “A community need was identified and is now being addressed. It’s important to give our veterans an opportunity to succeed following their service to this country.

“I’m proud that Mohave Electric is playing a role in this endeavor.”

(1) comment

kenoj

Sure, why not, just roll out the red carpet and welcome mat to every homeless wanna be across the nation. Time to wake up Bullhead City, the majority of so called homeless are not in that position because of circumstance, they are there out of choice. Go to any corner in the County where a so called homeless person is begging and ask them if they would like to have a job and they will flat out tell you no thanks, they make more money and get more free stuff acting homeless. STOP catering to and fgelling sorry for these people amd stop enticing them into our community, they are not needed nor are they welcome here.

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