Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) congratulated the Vet Hunters Project for finding housing for 45 local veterans who were about to be made homeless by the closing of the Pomona YMCA.
"I salute the Vet Hunters Project and all of the community groups who helped find housing for our homeless vets," Napolitano said. "Their compassion and decisive action show that our community has not forgotten the great sacrifices our homeless veterans made for us fighting overseas. These volunteers have been heroes for many homeless veterans, and they deserve our recognition and support."
The Pomona YMCA is a historic building, but it is also old and in need of major repair. In early May, the YMCA was informed that it would lose its insurance coverage in June, meaning that the building would close and the 45 veterans living there would have to be put on the streets.
On May 9, the El Monte-based Vet Hunters Project called an emergency meeting to assist these veterans in finding new housing. Napolitano's veterans field representatives attended to help with the planning.
On May 11, Vet Hunters was joined by Volunteers for America, California Conservation Corps, Department of Social Services County of Los Angeles, Department of Housing and Homeless Issues of Pomona, the Pomona YMCA, Veterans Collaborative of Pomona, and the Veterans Affairs Department. By working together, they were able to find new housing for all 45 vets.
In the past, Napolitano has helped connect Vet Hunters with officials in the Veterans Administration to help them in their mission. She continues to promote these connections and assist local volunteers, so that more federal resources will get down to our communities and help our vets.