The New Jersey State AFL-CIO understands that honoring the sacrifice and courage of veterans depends on more than speeches and holidays. That is why we were proud to join with the Hudson County Building Trades and its President Patrick Kelleher, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, Hudson County elected officials, veterans groups and community leaders to support a program that provides veterans year-round peace of mind through quality housing and union job opportunities.
A “working” groundbreaking event for a residential building/veterans resource center was held yesterday to coincide with Veterans Day. This project is part of the initiative to End Homelessness for all veterans living in Jersey City and provide affordable housing services to all veterans in need.
The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is extremely proud of the Hudson County Building Trades for its essential role in this initiative which gives back to the veteran community. There is no cause more worthy than ensuring veterans, who fought to ensure our national security and freedom, are able to build lives for themselves and their families when they return home. This project is especially meaningful for all those veteran building tradesmen and women who are now working to give back to their fellow veterans. In fact, the project motto for the Hudson County Building Trades is “Vets Helping Vets and Paying it Forward.”
The Hudson County Building Trades through its affiliates has committed to donate most of the labor needed to get this project done, while union contractors will be donating the necessary materials. Rehab is expected to be completed by next June. Once again, the New Jersey State AFL-CIO is proud to stand in support of this project and applauds the Hudson county Building Trades and local leadership for advancing this imperative mission in support of veterans.