Long Beach

Long Beach

U.S.VETS-Long Beach is one of the largest of the eleven U.S. VETS sites. Located at the Villages at Cabrillo, 26 acres of the former Cabrillo/Savannah Naval housing, U.S.VETS – Long Beach was the first site to offer the ADVANCE Women’s Program designed specifically for female veterans.

The site serves more than 550 veterans daily.

  • Veterans Day at U.S.VETS – Long Beach

    On November 8, U.S.VETS – Long Beach held its annual “Honoring Those Who Serve” luncheon. Over 300 guests attended the signature event, along with U.S.VETS staff and clients. This year’s honoree was Rear Admiral (ret.) Mark Guadagnini, a Long Beach native, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980. As a Navy fighter pilot, he operated from 12 different aircraft carriers participating in combat Operations Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. Please enjoy this picture gallery from the event: U.S.VETS – Long Beach also participated in the Veterans Day Parade on Saturday, November 9. In addition to the 18 veterans who marched in the parade, U.S.VETS also set up a booth at the park so people could get more information about the site and the services provided there. On Veterans Day itself, U.S.VETS – Long Beach hosted a BBQ sponsored by Huntington Beach Elks Lodge. Special guest Mayor Bob Foster joined over 200 veterans as we celebrated and honored those who served.

  • 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 […]

  • Long Beach on the Frontlines of a Battle to Care for Veterans

    by Steve Peck This article originally appeared in The Long Beach Press Telegram on November 11, 2013. We are fighting a war in America to care for those we sent to war. On this Veterans Day it is vital that we remember more than 2 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan — and as many as 30 percent have returned with post traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other emotional wounds that threaten to disrupt their lives. In Los Angeles County more than 32,000 veterans are projected to experience homelessness in the next two and half years. As president and CEO of U.S. VETS, the nation’s largest non-profit serving homeless and at-risk veterans, I and my organization are on the front lines — as is Long Beach. U.S. VETS-Long Beach, which opened in 2000, is located at the Villages at Cabrillo, a 26-acre former naval base. It is the largest transitional housing facility for homeless and at-risk veterans. On any given day 550 previously homeless veterans live there in both transitional and permanent housing. U.S.VETS-Long Beach offers job training and placement, substance abuse treatment, a program for female veterans and specialized services for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. And while we’ve recently made progress with programs like we have in Long Beach, there is a lot yet to be done locally. For example: More than 35 percent of post-9/11 Veterans in L.A. County have employment that provides less than a sustainable income level. The poverty rate […]

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Directory

Mailing Address:
2001 River Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810
562.200.7300

Jim Hansen

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Hansen
Executive Director (bio)

Veterans Seeking Housing
Howard Creighton
310.863.5853
hcreighton@usvetsinc.org

Veterans Seeking Employment Assistance
Alma Bautista
562.200.7327
abautista@usvetsinc.org

Veterans Seeking Other Services
Howard Creighton
310.863.5853
hcreighton@usvetsinc.org

Volunteer Opportunities
Pegah Faizai
562.200.7352
pfaizai@usvetsinc.org

In-Kind or Goods Donations
Pegah Faizai
562.200.7352
pfaizai@usvetsinc.org

Advisory Council

Mike Murray, Chairman
Jeff Bailey
Alex Cherin
Gerald Fisher

Tom Good
John Howard
Matt Knabe
Val Lerch

Bonnie Lowenthal
Craig Manderville
Kathy McDonnell
Dick McKenna

Jaclyn Paxton
Larry Rice
Nancy Villasenor