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To serve the number of Veterans in Southwest Florida, Collier County is seeking to develop a 120-bed State Veterans’ Nursing Home to house veterans in need of care. This would serve the Southwest Florida area where the closest VA Nursing Home is in Charlotte County.   


  • Construction of a State Veterans' Nursing Home in Collier County would accommodate our growing population of veterans
  • Collier County has 21,801 veterans over the age of 65 and was ranked #1 in a needs-based study in 2014


  • Florida is near the top of the list of states with a “Great Need” for veterans’ nursing home beds as determined by the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) 
  • By its own analysis, the VA calculates that Florida only has 20 percent of the VA-sponsored nursing home beds it needs to serve aging veterans.  Florida should have 4,909 beds available for the State’s veterans – currently there are 810 
  • The six current nursing facilities – in different locations throughout the state – operate at 99% capacity 
  • Two more facilities are under construction, but there are none south of Port Charlotte on the Gulf Coast 


  • 120-bed nursing home situated on a minimum 20 acres of land 
  • Sites are currently being evaluated for feasibility of location 
  • Location in Collier County would capture 8 other counties in a 75-mile radius, with a veteran population exceeding 200,000 


  • A portion of the revenues generated from the proposed one-cent local discretionary sales tax will be used to provide the 35% local match necessary to draw down 65% federal matching funds from the VA 


  • Schedule for facility opening is contingent upon completion of land acquisition or identification, Florida Department of Veterans Affairs site approval, facility design and construction plans, Governor’s approval, VA approval/federal match allocation  


Sean Callahan, Director

Operations & Veterans Services