Target: Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
Goal: Commend construction of affordable housing for homeless veterans.
Hundreds of homeless veterans will now have a safe place to call home, thanks to a new program that seeks to convert old and run-down motels into affordable apartments. The city of Los Angeles recently announced plans to build 500 permanent supportive apartments for those who have served in America’s armed forces, a move that seeks to provide assistance to the 2,700 homeless veterans living in the area.
According to this new deal, developers involved in the project will buy motels from private owners and remodel them. The housing authority in Los Angeles plans to grant vouchers which will help allay the cost of rent and supportive services, such as counseling and case management.
Far too often, the men and women who served their country so bravely are treated as an afterthought, with chronic mental disease and homelessness running rampant in the veteran community. An initiative such as this that seeks to provide support deserves to be praised, so sign the petition below and commend Los Angeles for its progressive policies.
Dear Mayor Garcetti,
I am writing to commend your city’s recent decision to convert derelict motels into affordable housing for our nation’s veterans. Homelessness among veterans is a serious issue, but your measure is an extremely encouraging sign that these brave men and women will receive the help that they deserve.
This decision is both cost-effective and environmentally friendly, and I can only hope that other cities will take note of your progressive ideas and follow suit. Thank you for your commitment to providing care and support for those who have sacrificed so much to keep our country safe.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: David Shankbone