McKenna in Kennewick to open veteran housing

Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna will be the featured guest at today's opening of transitional housing for veterans in Kennewick.

The Wagenaar-Pfister House for Transitional Veterans was developed to assist six to seven veterans with up to two years of housing "to help break the cycle of homelessness," according to the Columbia Basin Veterans Coalition.

The coalition will operate the site at 4601 W. Grand Ronde Ave. The grand opening is from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., with tours and refreshments available until 4 p.m.

Veterans will be offered a roof over their head, regular meals, encouragement and support from understanding peers in a drug- and alcohol-free environment.

The goal of the residential program is to provide affordable and permanent housing while the veterans address the problems that contributed to homelessness and get assistance in life skills training, access to benefits and employment opportunities.