Mayor Swearengin Hails Benefits of Bringing Veterans Home to Fresno

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today said a new $158 million veterans home in Fresno will bring significant economic benefits to the City as well as providing high-level care for deserving veterans.

Mayor Swearengin joined Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and government and veterans officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the veterans home in southwest Fresno. The home will have 300 beds and employ about 400 people when completed.

“The Veterans Home has been a long time coming, but it will be well worth the wait,” Mayor Swearengin said. “It’s going to make a huge, positive impact on Fresno as a job generator with 400 good, permanent jobs being added when it's open. More importantly, it's going to provide the high-level care and support our veterans deserve given the sacrifices they have made for us."

Mayor Swearengin also praised the partnership involving City, state, and federal governments and local veterans that brought the veterans home to the City.

“The City of Fresno has been proud to play a role along with our state and federal partners and local veterans groups who all pulled together to make this project a reality,” Mayor Swearengin said.

The City of Fresno has invested more than $2 million in the project, including:
• $756,250 to purchase land and provide to the state;
• $520,000 for water and sewer lines;
• $300,000 for utilities hook ups for service; and
• $500,000 for future street improvements.