Target: Robert MacDonald, Secretary of the Department of Veteran Affairs
Goal: Applaud move to build both permanent and transitional housing for homeless military veterans.
Permanent and transitional housing for veterans will be built for homeless veterans in L.A. thanks to the efforts of several veterans and the group Vietnam Veterans of America, who fought in court for three years to get the land necessary to do so.
Los Angeles, California, is home to the country’s largest population of homeless military veterans. Nevertheless, the Department of Veteran Affairs has continued to devote large portions of its three-hundred and forty-seven acre tract near the wealthy neighborhood of Brentwood for other purposes, such as leasing property to a car rental agency and to a major hotel chain for its laundry facilities, according to a recent article in the New York Times.
The site where the housing will be built occupies an area half the size of New York City’s Central Park and will have enough beds and dormitories for every homeless veteran in Los Angeles, according to the department and veterans’ lawyers. Secretary MacDonald has stated that the department will dedicate more than fifty million dollars expected to be raised mostly from private sources to eliminate homelessness among Los Angeles’ veterans. He also has affirmed that the project will be fully funded throughout its development. Importantly, following the settlement, the project will also focus specifically on accommodating female veterans, elderly veterans, and those with severe disabilities.
By signing the petition below, you can show your support for this pledge to help the veteran community of Los Angeles live with the dignity they deserve.
Dear Secretary MacDonald,
I am writing to applaud you and your department for pledging to build permanent and transitional housing for homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area. Your plans to build facilities that will be able to accommodate every homeless veteran in the city will truly make a difference in the community. Importantly, you have also been open about issues such as communicating how the project will be funded and your department’s fundraising goals. Thank you for demonstrating the accountability needed to fulfill the ultimate goal of enabling veterans to live with dignity.
As this project gets underway, you are showing admirable leadership. You are providing a model for other cities to use in fighting homelessness among their veteran communities. I wish you and your department the best as you move forward with this project.
[Your Name Here]
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