Veteran’s Village opens in Cathedral City, offering both housing and services

City officials said the project launched from a conversation between Lori Zito of the Urban Housing Communities and former Mayor Gregory S. Pettis.
Cathedral City Mayor Mayor Ernesto Gutierrez speaks during the grand opening ceremony of Veteran’s Village, and affordable housing project opened Thursday.

City and community leaders gathered Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of a $27 million veterans housing development in Cathedral City.

Veteran’s Village, at 30600 Landau Blvd., offers not only housing to veterans, but amenities including a community center, swimming pool, a horseshoe court, and bocce ball courts. Veterans will also have access to supportive services from organizations including Mental Health Systems, Loma Linda Veterans Administration, Riverside Continuum of Care and the Salvation Army, according to city officials.

Mayor Ernesto Gutierrez, Riverside County Supervisor Manuel Perez, John Bigley of Urban Housing Communities and other stakeholders spoke at the ceremony.

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City officials said the project launched from a conversation between Lori Zito of the Urban Housing Communities and former Mayor Gregory S. Pettis, who died in 2019. During their conversation, they came to the realization that homeless veterans in the Coachella Valley needed housing.

Ground was broken in April 2021, and on Thursday it officially opened with 48 one- bedroom units and 12 two-bedroom units.

Key financial support for the project came from Cathedral City itself, which also donated the land, Riverside County, and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia’s office.

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