US Vets Transitional Housing Project – Funded and Moving Forward!
Stephen Peck, president and CEO of the United States Veterans Initiative, also known as U.S. Vets, stated in this 10/23/14 Press-Enterprise article that funding is in place to build the $30 million, 200-bed facility providing permanent and transitional housing for homeless veterans. After five years planning and designing this prestigious project, Danielian Associates is moving forward with the construction documents in order to break ground by June of 2015. This project is the first of a two-phase plan and is just blocks away from the organization’s existing operation on the former base.
Various partnerships and funding sources are being explored that would complete the vision for a complex with a total of 400 units. These include the 200-bed facility, an additional 150 permanent housing units, and substance abuse rehabilitation units which may be contracted with the VA Medical Center in Loma Linda.
About the Project:
Currently, the US Vets Riverside facility is not sufficient to meet the needs of the growing generation of veterans with new challenges to face. In the past 10 years, 2 million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. As they return home, many are experiencing challenges adjusting back to civilian life. Roughly 300,000 returning troops currently suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or major depression, and anxiety, and over 320,000 individuals have suffered a probable Traumatic Brain Injury during deployment. The new complex will enable the program to reach out more aggressively into the community and bring many more veterans into the mainstream.
The campus is designed to create a nurturing, rehabilitative environment. The alignment of the Village Green with the iconic center of the main building is an integral planning feature. The Green is the unifying core of the village and the three-story main building houses operations and administration on the ground floor with the more intensive treatment program on the upper two floors. Residential buildings that house the efficiency, one and two-bedroom units are designed similar to market rate units. The goal is to respect the dignity of those housed within by creating buildings that are “un-institutional” and at the same time durable and easy to maintain. Outdoor terraces and gathering spaces encourage a sense of community and restoration.