In collaboration with federal, county, local government and non-profit entities, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System launched a 2-year demonstration project in February 2011 called “Veterans to Home Project 60” (VHP60), which aims to move 60 of the most vulnerable, chronically homeless Veterans off the streets and into permanent supportive housing with a Housing First approach.
“The goal of Vets to Home Project 60 is to provide comprehensive services and resources to the vulnerable and chronically homeless Veterans to improve their health, wellbeing, and to promote independent living in the community,” said Donna Beiter, VA GLAHS Director.
Local non-profit agencies partnered with the VA to reach out to the most chronically homeless and vulnerable Veterans identified from homeless registries in Santa Monica, Venice, Hollywood and Van Nuys. Together, along with other public partners, 60 homeless Veterans are being placed into safe and independent housing, case managed, and connected to needed services and benefits.
"Project 50 exploded the myth that the hardcore homeless on Skid Row couldn't be helped. Building on that success, we now turn our attention to our most vulnerable chronically homeless veterans. They answered their nation's call - and today, we honor that service and answer their pleas for assistance and support," said Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor.
Those public partners include the Veterans Benefit Administration, Congressman Henry Waxman, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Housing Authority of the County of LA, Housing Authority of the City of LA, Housing Authority of the City of Santa Monica, and Social Security Administration. VHP60 non-profit partners include OPCC (Santa Monica), Step Up on Second (Hollywood), St. Joseph Center (Venice), and San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center (Van Nuys).
For more information, visit www.va.gov/homeless