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Press Release for VAPAHCS Willow Housing Groundbreaking

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Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 15:12:19 -0800

Dear Elected Officials and Representatives,
We wanted to share the first look at our press release for the upcoming
ground breaking of the Willow Housing on Monday, February 9, 2015. We'll
be sending this out first thing in the morning. You should have already
received the invitation for this event but please let us know if you
need it.
Michael Hill-Jackson
Deputy Public Affairs Officer
VA Palo Alto Health Care System (640) <http://www.paloalto.va.gov/>
Office: 650.849.1222 * Cell: 650.444.7380 * Facebook
<http://www.facebook.com/vapahcs> * Twitter
CONTACT: Michael Hill-Jackson, Deputy Public Affairs Officer
Phone: 650-444-7380, michael.hill-jackson_at_(domainremoved)
Ground Breaking for Willow Housing at VA Menlo Park (Feb. 9)
Affordable Housing for Homeless Veterans
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS)
invites you to the groundbreaking ceremony for the new $18 million
apartment community for homeless Veterans, located at the Menlo Park
division. The groundbreaking will take place Monday, February 9 at
1:00pm. Over 100 people are expected to attend as key community
stakeholders are welcomed by VAPAHCS Director Lisa Freeman and Core
Affordable Housing President Chris Neale. Speakers at the groundbreaking
include Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, San Mateo Supervisors Don Horsley and
Warren Slocum, City of Menlo Park leaders, and others who have
graciously supported Willow Housing.
"We are proud to be part of this outstanding effort to place homeless
Veterans into safe housing, without the stress of competing with the
current housing market," said Freeman. "These type of partnerships are
crucial to the VA's goal of ending Veteran homelessness."
Upon its anticipated completion in late 2015, Willow Housing will
provide Veterans the opportunity to live in safe, high quality,
permanent, affordable housing in close proximity to the services
provided by VA on the Menlo Park and Palo Alto campuses. In
collaboration with the VA and EAH Housing, Core Affordable Housing was
able to secure two acres on the Menlo Park VA site as part of the
Federal BURR Initiative (http://www.va.gov/assetmanagement/burr/), a
Congressional effort to end the nationwide housing crisis among
Veterans. This public-private partnership of delivering housing and
services, which the VA is seeking to replicate throughout the nation,
began in December 2011 and commenced construction in December 2014.
"We could not be more thrilled to see this project break ground," said
Chris Neale, Vice President of The Core Companies. "It has been a
privilege to collaborate with the Department of Veterans Affairs, and
local leaders from Menlo Park and San Mateo County to create a safe,
affordable permanent community for our local Veterans in need. The
location is ideal - close to a thriving economy and healthcare. We hope
this is the first of many more to come."
The Bay Area ranks among the most expensive housing markets in the
country, with market rate rents up by 30% since 2010. In 2014, Santa
Clara and San Mateo Counties' Homeless Count estimated that on any given
night, there are 926 homeless Veterans in the two counties combined. For
Bay Area Veterans with fixed and low incomes, access to decent
affordable housing, near employment, health services, and their
established communities of fellow Veterans and family, is next to
impossible. Add to this bleak economic picture the staggering statistic
that almost 70% of all homeless Veterans in the Counties reported having
at least one debilitating disability - including Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder, depression, physical disabilities, or other mental illness -
often resulting from their military service. Willow Housing answers not
only the need for affordable housing for Veterans, but will also provide
much needed services to keep these Veterans housed and thriving.
The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient
facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore, Calif. Also,
there are seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Capitola, Monterey,
Stockton, Modesto, Sonora and Fremont, Calif. These
nationally-recognized facilities provide award-winning medical care and
cutting-edge technology. Along with its academic affiliate at the
Stanford University School of Medicine, the more than 6,200 staff and
volunteers operate 800 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed
homeless domiciliary, showing its more than 90,000 enrolled Veterans
that they are "Serving those who Served."
For more information about the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, please
visit www.paloalto.va.gov.
About The Core Companies: Established in 1989, The Core Companies is a
vertically-integrated real estate development and construction firm.
Core Affordable Housing specializes in development of below-market-rate
properties, through partnerships with public agencies, non-profit
organizations, and private financing institutions. Core has developed a
strong track record for identifying well-located housing sites and
securing challenging difficult entitlements throughout the San Francisco
Bay area. http://www.thecorecompanies.com/
VA Palo Alto Health Care System | 3801 Miranda Ave. (00K) - Palo Alto,
Calif. 94304 | 650.493.5000 | www.paloalto.va.gov

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