A project to help homeless veterans in Alachua County has been stopped. The proposal to house homeless veterans at a former hotel at Newberry and Tower roads has been put on the shelf. County housing authority executive director Gail Monahan says there was too much opposition from area residents and business owners. One business owner had filed suit to stop the project. Others have said they were worried the facility would increase crime. Monahan says she expects resistance wherever it is proposed, but she will keep searching for a spot.
According to the Florida Department of Health, Yoho’s district consists of nearly 500,000 Medicaid recipients who could see a reduction or loss of coverage.