It appears governor brown's budget also holds good news for northern California veterans. A provision provides funds to operate the newly built Redding Veterans Home.
Construction on the veterans home was finished last January, but the Knighton Road complex is still vacant a year later.
Last June, a small amount of money was set aside to staff the home but there was no guarantee of funds this year. But with an announcement Thursday afternoon, it appears the money is coming.
“His proposed budget includes 27 million dollars set aside for the ongoing funding to open the Redding and Fresno homes, that’s critical because that has been a stumbling block for the last 12-18 months,” Said California Secretary of Veteran Affairs Peter Gravett.
“We are funded now so that we will be do the staffing this spring and we will admit our first residents in the fall,” said Undersecretary of Veterans Homes Robin Umberg.
There is currently not enough money in the budget to fully staff the home, but that won't be needed until about 2015 because officials only plan to admit 8 residents a month until its full.
On a related note, there are plans to start hiring staff for the home soon. Healthcare workers are encouraged to attend a job fair at the home on January 30th from 8 am till 4pm.