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'Cabin in the Woods' provides housing for homeless Maine veterans

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning for "Cabin in the Woods" at Togus VA Medical Center. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) -- A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday morning for "Cabin in the Woods" at Togus VA Medical Center.

The event also celebrated veterans moving into their new homes.

There are 16 one-bedroom cabins and five two-bedroom cabins at the site.

Each cabin is about 550 square feet.

Cabin in the Woods is the first of its kind in Maine and provides permanent housing for both male and female homeless veterans.

The project is part of the VA's mission to end homelessness among vets.

"I slept in the woods for a month and a half. I walked from Dexter to Newport, Newport to Bangor after many, many days, and wound up in a homeless shelter in Bangor. They were very supportive in assisting me to get here. So, this is a blessing by all means,” Cabin in the Woods resident Thomas Wilson said.

The cabins sit on an 11-acre lot, and special attention was given to making sure that each cabin has a rustic and private wooded feel.

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