SACRAMENTO - Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez (D-Los Angeles) released the following statement on the announcement by U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki of $100 million in federal grants to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families:
"Today's announcement by Secretary Shinseki of federal grants for services to at-risk veterans and their families is welcome news for veterans across California. Our state's share of these funds will be over 14 million dollars, which will help make a genuine difference in the lives of veterans who are at-risk, homeless or transitioning to permanent housing. Aiding our veterans is a job for everyone, and I am pleased at this latest addition to the efforts being made here in California and throughout the country to do just that."
According to the Veterans Administration, the grants will go to 151 community agencies in 49 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. California agencies will receive approximately $14.2 million.
Speaker Pérez is currently leading a bipartisan Assembly delegation to Washington, D.C., which included a meeting this afternoon with the VA on ways to increase support for veterans.
Over the past two years, Speaker Pérez and the Assembly have directed $2 million in savings from the Assembly operating budget to fund programs for veterans, ranging from job training to mental health counseling to employment assistance.