PERSISTENTLY ADVOCATING FOR VETERANS IN HAWTHORNE
EXPANDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING, EMPLOYMENT, EDUCATION & HEALTH PROGRAMS
Councilmember Awad is a staunch advocate for veterans and military personnel in The City of Hawthorne. His continued efforts to provide solutions to combat homelessness within the Veteran community has led to some of the most aggressive efforts in the city’s history. In addition to holding special events to support veterans, as well as members of the military, Haidar Awad has pushed to bring Veterans housing to Hawthorne.
A recently constructed complex includes 75 units that have been set aside to address the lack of adequate housing for veterans. Century Housing Corporation, which creates affordable developments throughout California, was selected in December 2019 to develop a veteran family housing project on a one-acre plot of vacant land. As a result, a number of affordable housing units will be built on Codary Avenue. The project will also include wrap-around services to help residents with employment, education, and health issues.
The city-owned property will act as a refuge for combat veterans that need proper housing and shelter. This initiative has received praise from local leaders including Tess Banko, Executive Director of UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellness Center and a member of Awad’s Veteran Housing Working Group.
Kyle Orlemann who chairs the city’s Veterans Commission said she almost turned cartwheels when she heard the news. The roughly one-acre lot, which is located adjacent to the New Journey Ministries Church, will be transformed into transitional housing that will include counseling services and on-site caseworkers. Funding for this much-needed facility is said to come from grants and the county’s Measure H.
Councilman Haidar Awad weighed in on the good news, “I’m pleased to see this,” and added, “We are all aware there is a major housing crisis for our veterans.” The City of Hawthorne has a long-standing commitment to veterans and servicemen and women, and hopes this project will set the tone for other residential developments aimed to help veterans throughout Southern California.