Shame on any town that doesn’t take care of its veterans, Carson Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes said as she commemorated the grand opening of the 51-unit apartment complex in Carson, the Veterans’ Village .
The village is the first affordable housing project in Carson dedicated to housing veterans and their families, and offers comprehensive case management and support services through a partnership with homeless veterans organization US VETS. .
While the building began welcoming residents in 2020, its opening celebration was long delayed due to concerns about the spread of COVID among village residents, many of whom are elderly.
Finally, residents and officials of Carson, the state, and the U.S. Congress came together to celebrate the life-changing development, with a ceremony on Thursday, August 25.
Davis-Holmes was thrilled to speak at the inauguration, as she has been a champion for the project for more than a decade — dating back to her days as a city councilwoman.
“I was in downtown LA one day and there was a veteran there, he was missing a leg, he had served in one of the wars and he’s begging there and has nowhere to live. I said, ‘Oh my God,’ and it just got to me, and it stuck with me,” Davis-Holmes said, explaining her passion for veterans housing in an interview with the Daily Breeze.
The project was funded by municipal, state and federal funds. Carson donated the land and approximately $5.5 million in funding, while the state treasurer’s office secured money from the Disabled Persons Housing Tax Credit Program. low income and the CALReUSE sanitation program.
State Treasurer Fiona Ma and Representative Nanette Diaz Barragán attended the celebration.
Several developers expressed interest in building on the reclaimed land, which is the site of a former landfill, but Thomas Safran & Associates was selected because of their excellent record in developing affordable housing, Davis Holmes said. They own three other buildings in Carson that collectively provide over 300 affordable housing units.
Veterans Village apartments were highly sought after and more than 2,000 applications were received, Davis-Holmes said.
“As you walk through this complex, you see the pride of ownership. It’s not just a room, here’s a key, you’re off the street; this is their home,” Davis-Holmes said during of the grand opening. “When you walk through this and look at all the landscaping and everything you see, it’s a labor of love.”
The building has many amenities, including lush gardens, a fitness room, computer lounge, community TV and games room, and an outdoor BBQ area. The units are spacious and equipped with modern appliances, granite countertops and hardwood floors.
Equally, if not more, important as the amenities are the support services offered by US VETS, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. These include individual case management, counseling, hand development labor, legal aid and assistance with military benefits.
“Everything they (residents) can receive at the Veterans Village has given their lives meaning,” Davis-Holmes said, adding that a veteran recently told her the building made her feel appreciated. for his service.
“She had fought in wars, and it just made her feel good about herself,” Davis-Holmes told The Breeze. “And, the feeling that we care about our veterans.”