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U.S. VETS-Los Angeles in Inglewood is the inaugural U.S.VETS site. It opened in 1993 with only five clients. Today, the site serves 540 veterans daily.

  • Veterans Day at U.S.VETS – Inglewood

    Veterans Day in Inglewood wouldn’t be complete without the annual U.S.VET – Inglewood Veterans Day Breakfast! For the third year in a row, the Lakers came out to thank veterans for their service by serving them breakfast. This year’s representatives included Lakers staff members, the Laker Girls, and guard Xavier Henry. Click here to see the photo gallery on the Lakers website. Congresswoman Maxine Waters also stopped by to encourage unemployed and underemployed veterans who are searching for a job. “Everyone wants to hire veterans,” she remarked.

  • Veterans Need Help with Housing; Legislation Would Help

    by Steve Peck and Bob Pratt This article originally appeared in The Los Angeles Daily News on November 11, 2013. On Veterans Day, as we honor the men and women who sacrificed for our country, we are reminded of the vast number of veterans who are homeless in California. As veterans, we know firsthand the difficulties of transitioning back to civilian life and the challenges veterans face when they return home. After experiencing our own challenges returning to civilian life after military service, we now serve other veterans, one of us through U.S.VETS , the other with Volunteers of America. Working to end homelessness among veterans in Southern California and elsewhere, we know that finding a decent place to live on today’s wages, with today’s housing prices, is not easy. In fact, half of all veterans earning low wages cannot afford their rent, putting them at risk of homelessness. These veterans, and the more than 16,000 veterans who experience homelessness on any given night in California, need affordable, stable places to rent. Gov. Jerry Brown recently approved a bill that would provide more affordable rental options for veterans, should voters approve it as a ballot measure in June. Assembly Bill 639, by Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, will allow California voters to reallocate $600 million of unused veterans bonds, originally for homeownership, to build more apartments affordable to veterans and their families. If approved by voters, AB 639 will make a difference for thousands of veterans. But it is one […]

  • Support the California Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Act

    U.S.VETS President and CEO Steve Peck joined a host of veteran’s advocates earlier this month who gathered to watch Gov. Jerry Brown sign a proposal that will soon give voters the option to free up $600 million to help house needy veterans. The governor signed the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act, AB639, which will allow for a restructuring of existing funds for veteran housing to better meet the changing needs of veterans and their families, on October 10 in San Diego. “This is a smart and compassionate way to help California’s veterans and their families find the housing they need, and to help California lead the nation’s efforts to end veterans’ homelessness by 2015,” Peck, who served as a lieutenant in the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam. A $900 million bond to support veteran housing, approved by California voters in 2008, was directed toward low-interest home loans, which market forces made unnecessary, and contained restrictions limiting its ability to serve many of the veterans who have dire housing needs. Through the Veterans Housing and Homeless Prevention Bond Act, which will be on the June ballot, those restrictions will be lifted so the funds can be used for multi-family and supportive housing for veterans who are homeless, at risk for homelessness, and in need of services such as mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, job training, and/or struggling with physical injuries and unemployment. Peck will help lead the effort to pass the ballot measure. “California voters will have the […]

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Inglewood, CA 90301
310.348.7600

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Ivan Mason
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Veterans Seeking Housing
Kevin Kincey
310.744.6550
kkincey@usvetsinc.org

Veterans Seeking Employment Assistance
Bridgette Leibelt Cruz
310.744.6544
bleibelt@usvetsinc.org

Veterans Seeking Other Services
Rosa Govea
310.744.6536
rogovea@usvetsinc.org

Volunteer Opportunities
Nancy Wolf
310.744.6501
nwolf@usvetsinc.org

In-Kind or Goods Donations
Nancy Wolf
310.744.6501
nwolf@usvetsinc.org

Advisory Council

Chase Wickersham, Chairman

Michael Dolphin

Joel Leal

Musheer Rasheed

Jerry Yamamoto

Cherie Davis, Vice-Chairman

Robert Farrell

Robert Price

Jesse D. Smith

Tom Burns

Hans P. Getty

Allen Ralson

Garry Williams