VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Master Plan to Revitalize West LA Campus
New Updated FAQs
Welcome to the Greater Los Angeles (GLA) VA’s Master Plan page! This site is designed to be a one-stop-shop for all things Master Plan, including updates on progress being made on campus, community partnerships, and most importantly – what services are located on campus for Veterans to use RIGHT NOW!
Please look through our Master Plan documents to discover in detail the vision VA and Veterans have for the revitalization of the West Los Angeles VA campus. Read through the FAQs and Fact Sheets to get all of your questions answered. Make sure to browse through Partnerships to find out the current and upcoming schedules for various Veteran-centric activities for Veterans and their families. If you’re interested in hosting a Veteran-centric event on the campus, go to the Land Use and Event Request page to learn about the process. Check out In the News for press releases and articles about GLA VA, and find out more about what VA is doing here in Los Angeles for Homeless Veterans.
A "one-stop shop" where Veterans receive health care, benefits, employment and other supportive services.
We want to hear from you about your experiences and what types of services we need on campus to truly be a 21st Century model of excellence in healthcare and make this a place for Veterans to call home.
Land Use and Event Request
Interested in holding a veteran-centric event? Complete the below Land Use and Event Request and email or fax it to VHAGLAEvents@va.gov / (310) 268-4196. If you have questions regarding the request, please call (310) 268-3789.Land Use and Event Request
The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.
Brentwood School and the VA already have a longstanding strategic partnership. Since 1972, their relationship has included student and school service in support of veterans on campus and in the community, as well as use of VA land.Veterans Center at Brentwood
“Beyond research and teaching, UCLA’s other core mission is service and I can think of no better way to serve our community than through an even stronger partnership with the VA,”
More to come!
In the News
Update MyVA Transformation Update
In July of last year, we published the MyVA Integrated Plan and Overview that described the focus, approach, and outcomes for our MyVA Transformation. Last May, we updated Veterans and stakeholders on progress measured against our 12 Breakthrough Priorities in our MyVA Transformation Update. This MyVA Transformation Update brings our report to date and introduces the MyVA plan for 2017 and beyond.
VA received the attention of Harvard Business School professor Ryan Buell who wrote this piece in the Harvard Business Review after an inside look at what our transformation meant for Veterans.
November 28, 2016 - Annual community dinner and celebration at the West LA VA campus helps veterans and homeless
Update Chapel Fence
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System has erected an 8” chain link fence around the Wadsworth Chapel on the North Campus in order to secure the area for our restoration efforts. Identified as Building 20 and located at the corner of Eisenhower and Bonsall Avenues, VAGLAHS wants to ensure the location is safely fenced off from the public in case of any potential hazards due to the age and condition of the current structure.. Restoration and reconstruction of the Wadsworth Chapel is part of a revitalization of the West Los Angeles campus. The fencing is expected to be up from one to five years while renovations are being made. The safety of our Veterans, family members, visitors and staff is paramount, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Update Concourse Federal Group Bio
September 19, 2016 - With strong bipartisan votes of support, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have approved an agreement between UCLA and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that creates a stronger academic affiliation between the university and the VA to benefit veterans.
August 19, 2016 - Brentwood Village business owners came together with the Brentwood Village Business Improvement District and the Brentwood Village Chamber of Commerce to launch the Village for Vets organization. Spearheaded by Brentwood Village business owner Marcie Polier Swartz, a Brentwood resident since 1987, Village for Vets is an opportunity to support Veterans through the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration
October 28, 2015 - VAGLAHS hosts Homeless-to-Housed Veterans Stand-Down Event starting at 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4, and ending at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. The event will be held at building 257, the new Veteran's Welcome Center, 11301 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90073 (North Campus).
Press Release VA Announces Contract Awards for Outreach and Housing
September 30, 2015 - The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System announced contract awards for homeless Veterans outreach and emergency housing to the People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) and New Directions for Veterans organizations.
September 28, 2015 - Last week the community and the leadership and staff of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) were on hand to welcome and provide services to Veterans from Los Angeles skid row. Over 30 veterans were engaged by the outreach effort and 25 agreed to come to the VA for additional housing and supportive services.
June 17, 2015 - VA holds West Los Angeles urban master plan contractor community kick off. Town hall meeting set to introduce the HOK/Walsh/Core Team to VA Greater Los Angeles Stakeholders.
June 11, 2015 - Efforts by the Department of Veterans Affairs to revitalize the West LA VA campus into a vibrant, welcoming, and sustainable community for Veterans has taken another key step forward. On June 8, 2015, a team comprised of HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, Walsh Group, and Core Companies, was selected to assist VA and the community in developing a new Master Plan for the West LA VA Campus. HOK has extensive global experience with strategic medical campus and facility planning projects. Their work includes projects in Southern California over the past 30 years, including involvement in a recent project at VA Long Beach Healthcare System.
Press Release VA Opens Homeless Housing Project on West LA Campus
June 4, 2015 - Veterans are moving into a new housing unit on the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center campus (WLA) as VA opens a new compensated work therapy and transitional residence housing unit for chronically homeless veterans. Secretary Bob McDonald and officials from the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System welcome Veterans to Building 209 with a Grand Opening and Ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Press Release VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness
April 1, 2015 - VA Initiative Targets about 15,000 Homeless and At-Risk Veterans and Families in Los Angeles County High-Need Communities.
Press Release VA Announces New Grants to Help End Veteran Homelessness
March 31, 2015 - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today announced the award of nearly $93 million in Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) 3-year grants that will help approximately 45,000 homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families. The grants will be distributed to 24 non-profit agencies in 15 communities, with $30 million in awards being distributed to the Los Angeles area.
February 13, 2015 - On January 28, 2015, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert A. McDonald and attorneys representing homeless veterans in Los Angeles announced a historic agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving veterans in need. The agreement is an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s commitment that no veteran should live on the streets, or forego available medical and psychological services.
Press Release VA Announces $300 Million in Grants to Community Partners Working to End Veteran Homelessness
February 13, 2015 - Building on President Obama’s commitment to end Veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs is announcing the availability of $300 million in grants to non-profit organizations and other groups that serve Veterans through VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. The SSVF program assists very low-income Veteran families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The $300 million grants are available to current grantees seeking renewals.
January 28, 2015 - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald and attorneys representing homeless veterans in Los Angeles announced an agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving veterans in need, and commits the department to design a plan to help end homelessness among veterans in Los Angeles County. The agreement is an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s commitment that no veteran should live on the streets, or forego necessary medical and psychological services.
Press Release Counting Every Veteran on the Way to Ending Homelessness
January 28, 2015 - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald is taking a firsthand look at the issue of homelessness among Veterans by participating in this year’s Point-in-Time Count in Los Angeles, California. The PIT Count typically takes place in locations around the country during the month of January.
Ending Homelessness in Los Angeles
On January 28, 2015, Secretary Robert McDonald and attorneys representing homeless Veterans in Los Angeles announced an agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving Veterans in need, and committed the department to design a plan to help end homelessness among Veterans in the Los Angeles area.
In the past 18 months, VA leaders have joined together with community partners to host listening sessions and stakeholder meetings to construct a path forward to best use the VA campus to care for homeless Veterans. This input shaped the Master Plan and supports our shared vision to create a safe, welcoming, Veteran-centric community on VA’s West LA grounds.
VA’s intent is to transform the campus into a vibrant community where Veterans can receive housing, healthcare, benefits, and other supportive services – with a specific focus on chronically and aging homeless Veterans, female Veterans with dependents and other underserved Veteran populations.
VA and the community have worked collaboratively to quickly rehouse homeless Veterans and build the support system to allow those falling into homelessness to be rapidly rehoused. Tremendous progress has been made but there is much more work to do to end Veteran homelessness in Los Angeles.
Currently there is legislation pending in Congress regarding the VA West Los Angeles campus.
“The Master Plan addresses the immediate need to build permanent and supportive housing on VA’s West LA Campus and will provide housing for hundreds of the most vulnerable homeless veterans in LA,” explains Secretary McDonald. “However, this plan cannot be fully implemented until Congress passes the Los Angeles Homeless Veterans Leasing Act of 2016, introduced by Senators Feinstein and Boxer, and Congressman Lieu. This legislation would authorize the public-private partnerships to develop housing and services for veterans and their families, but it is still pending in Congress. Our hope is that the public will encourage their legislators to move quickly and pass this bill so we can start building more housing for homeless veterans.”
Progress and the Effort to End Veteran Homelessness
- In Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Greater Los Angeles (GLA) programs in partnership with city, county and nonprofit partners, assisted close to 4,000 Veterans in obtaining permanent housing to effectively end their homelessness. That is more than any other medical center in the VA system and the most of any of the 25 High Priority Cities.
- The January 2016 Point-In-Time(PIT) count released from Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), that included Los Angeles County and neighboring communities of Glendale, Long Beach, Pasadena, indicated the Veteran homelessness population declined more than 30% from 4,362 homeless Veterans in 2015 to 3,071 Veterans in 2016. The Unsheltered Veteran population decreased by 44%, from 2,889 in 2015, to 1,618 in 2016.
- Also of note is that Veteran homelessness in the City of Los Angeles decreased by 41% in 2015.
- These unprecedented gains demonstrate that the goal of ending Veteran homelessness is within reach. We must continue to work together to provide housing and services for all homeless Veterans.
- In October, 2015, GLA hosted its first ever stand down on the campus. In two days, VA assisted close to 800 homeless, formerly homeless and at-risk Veterans and issued over 60 same-day HUD-VASH vouchers with support from Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), and the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles (HACOLA). The next Stand Down is scheduled for October 20, 2016.
- VA opened the Welcome Center (Building 257) and it is now providing services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Welcome Center has 35 bridge beds which filled up within 48 hours of opening and remain fully occupied.
- Established MyVA Community Veteran Engagement Board (CVEB) to improve coordination, collaboration and partnership with the Veteran community. Refer to the CVEB Facebook Page for information on the next CVEB Public Forum.
Providing Resources and Leveraging Partnerships
- VA has worked with non-profits and partners to develop and repurpose 300 additional beds in the community to serve as bridge housing. These beds provide Veterans with a safe place to stay while they work with VA and community partners to identify a permanent home with services and access to healthcare, benefits and employment services to help sustain the home and prevent a relapse back into homelessness.
- VA has added 800 new HUD-VASH vouchers to create and/or expand housing opportunities (including working with our partners at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase the voucher rate to 120% of Fair Market Value
- Since January 2015, VA has added $30 million to the Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) program to fund homeless prevention and rapid rehousing initiatives in Los Angeles. As recently as June, 2016, The Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles has been awarded an additional $781,492, the largest such funding award in the country, to support its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program.
- In the summer of 2016, the Brentwood School offered 20 Scholarships per week to their Summer Camp Programs for children of Veterans. All slots were filled within 30 days.
Framework Master Plan and the Way Forward
- The Framework Master Plan, publically released in January 2016, is a roadmap for the development of VA’s West Los Angeles Campus as a vibrant community where Veterans can receive housing, healthcare, benefits, and other supportive services – with a specific focus on chronically homeless Veterans and other underserved Veteran populations.
- VA hosted more than 100 town halls and stakeholder meetings across Los Angeles County, and received more than 1,000 public comments through the Federal Register.
- VA continues to partner with the Public Housing Authorities, Home for Good, and City and County officials in engaging Landlords as there is a critical need for increasing housing options for our Veterans.
- In partnership with Housing Authority City of Los Angeles (HACLA), VA has been exploring ways to engage developers in rapidly converting vacant properties for project based Veteran Housing. Our goal is to have 500 units ready for veteran occupancy by January 2017.
- The Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA HCS) has appointed a new medical center director, Chief of Staff and Chief Nurse , and will continue to recruit other key leadership positions.
More to Be Done
As part of the framework Master Plan and contingent on legislative authority to develop housing with services on the campus, VA plans to revitalize the campus into a welcoming, 21st Century, state-of-the-art healthcare facility and home for our Veterans. Some of the planned services include:
- Expand services, with initial focus on the Family Well-Being Center and services to Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, Mental Health and addiction needs, and with specialty services for female Veterans in collaboration with UCLA.
- Start a Legal Clinic for Veterans (in collaboration with UCLA).
- Expand Bridge Housing beds.
- Enhance our Veteran Peer Concierge Service
- Continue to grow and refine our Coordinated Entry System so we can more rapidly assist Veterans in accessing housing, healthcare and employment.
- Restore the campus chapel and other historic sites on the campus (in collaboration with the 1887 fund)
- Increase recreational and leisure skill activities on the campus (In collaboration with Brentwood School and UCLA)
- Integrate VA by moving our Los Angeles VA Regional Benefits Office onto the campus
- Beginning construction on the Veterans columbarium.
- Make the campus more customer friendly with more signage, peer navigation and concierge services.
- Upgrade VA data systems to be more user friendly and compatible with the community.
- VA continues to address the land use agreements that have been on the campus and is working to ensure that all future land use activities on the campus will be principally Veteran focused.
Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Campus
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Documents
|Final Environmental Assessment - Proposed Seismic Upgrade and Renovation of Building 209. May 10, 2012.||Download [5.5 MB]|
Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Draft Master Plan Documents
|Executive Summary||Download||[1,616 KB]|
|I Introduction||Download||[583 KB]|
|II Housing and Service Needs||Download||[905 KB]|
|III Stakeholder Engagement||Download||[587 KB]|
|IV Existing Conditions and Site Analysis||Download||[3,893 KB]|
|V Master Plan Development||Download||[5,249 KB]|
|VI Phasing and Next Steps||Download||[1,005 KB]|
|Appendix A Building Conditions||Download||[1,570 KB]|
|Appendix B North Campus Civil Analysis||Download||[5,770 KB]|
|Appendix C Building Security Requirements and Controlled Access||Download||[200 KB]|
|Appendix D Historic Preservation||Download||[1,378 KB]|
|Appendix E Environmental Impact Final||Download||[87 KB]|
|Appendix F Stakeholder Engagement||Download||[296 KB]|
|Appendix F Stakeholder Engagement Attachment||Download||[69,325 KB]|
|Appendix G Existing Shuttle Schedule||Download||[242 KB]|
|Appendix H Possessory Use Agreements||Download||[276 KB]|
Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
|Public Hearing Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL)
Supportive Housing For Homeless Veterans PowerPoint
|Draft Master Plan Implementation Update 2.8.2017||Download|
|Draft Master Plan Implementation Update 4.21.2017||Download|
|West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016||Download|
|Public Information Session 4.20.2017||Download|
|Scoping Meeting Presentation 6.7.2017 - 6.9.2017||Download|
Frequently Asked Questions
With the September 2016 enactment of the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-226), the contemplated enhanced use leases (EULs) at West Los Angeles Campus will enable VA to provide permanent supportive housing and related services to Veterans, notably those within the chronically homeless, severely disabled, aging, and female populations. Consistent with the Draft Master Plan, these projects will significantly improve the quality of life for such Veterans, and provide them with wrap around services and more convenient access to healthcare on the campus. It will also support the Department’s goal to end Veteran homelessness nationwide, including in Los Angeles which has one of the largest homeless Veteran population in the country. This important initiative is also consistent with the original intention of the campus: to be a Home for Veterans.
For convenience, below are VA’s responses to frequently asked questions (FAQ).
Is the following statement correct: VA does not fund housing development and operations?
Pursuant to the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, the Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS), through the Secretary of VA, received the authority to enter into Enhanced-Use Leases (EULs). Under this type of deal structure, the developer is responsible for the costs of converting the building to affordable housing for Veterans and also is responsible for all operating costs. Consequently, VA does not fund housing development and operations since the developer retains those important responsibilities. This model is a known best practice at VA Medical Centers across the country. We are eager to making housing a reality for our Veterans experiencing homelessness.Visit Website
How will VA ensure Veterans are involved in decisions related to the Draft Master Plan?
The recently established Los Angeles Region Community Veterans Engagement Board (LAR-CVEB), to include the West Los Angeles Draft Master Plan Subcommittee, provides a substantial forum for Veteran engagement as it relates to the Draft Master Plan implementation. Additionally, the Federal Advisory Committee, which is currently being established, will provide additional oversight to ensure VA is compliant with the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, and is consistent with the ethos of the Draft Master Plan. Finally, GLAHS continues to engage the community, through various platforms to include Veteran Town Halls, Project Information Sessions, Draft Master Plan Website, and a corporate mailbox for inquiries and comments. While we have many programs in place to ensure continued Veteran involvement with respect to the Draft Master Plan, we are open to discussing new methods and periodically reevaluating the processes to ensure maximum efficiency, transparency, and accountability. If you would like to be notified of upcoming events, please click the “Let Us Know” button on the Draft Master Plan Website Homepage.
How is HUD funding being utilized, relative to the McKinney Act, to house homeless Veterans?
While VA cannot comment specifically on legislative matters, we remain committed to ensuring that Veterans experiencing homelessness receive the resources and assistance they need to find permanent housing and live healthy and successful lives.
Will housing on the WLA Campus include non-Veteran residents?
There is no intent, nor plan, by VA to utilize any available units of permanent supportive housing (PSH) or transitional housing for non-Veterans. Consistent with the Draft Master Plan, Veterans will continue to be the priority population for permanent supportive housing for the WLA Campus. VA remains committed to keeping with the original intent of the land as a place that Veterans can call home.
When will the Brentwood Theatre be available to host Veteran-centric Events?
VA is in the process of issuing a solicitation, which will seek competitive responses from qualified organizations interested in renovating and managing both the Wadsworth and Brentwood Theatres. This solicitation will require a third-party to renovate both theatres, in compliance with federal law and code, and to provide a principal Veteran focus, as outlined in the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-226). VA anticipates that this solicitation will be issued in Summer 2017.
What is the role of Vets Advocacy in implementing the Draft Master Plan?
Vets Advocacy and VA continue to partner in a number of ways, to include but not limited to public engagement and outreach as well as continued efforts to revitalize the WLA Campus.
How is the Lease Agreement with the Brentwood School Veteran-focused?
The lease agreement between VA and the Brentwood School provides approximately $1.76 million annually, between fair market rent and Veteran-focused in-kind considerations including, but not limited to: the promotion of health and wellness, education, vocational training, skills building or other training related to employment, peer activities, socialization, and physical recreation. In accordance with the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-226), the monies received from Veteran-focused agreements are remitted locally to the WLA Campus, to support the effort of revitalization as described in the Draft Master Plan.
How is the Lease Agreement with the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Veteran-focused?
The lease agreement between VA and UCLA provides approximately $1.65 million annually, between fair market rent and Veteran-focused in-kind considerations, including, but not limited to: the promotion of health and wellness, education, peer activities, socialization, and physical recreation, assistance with legal issues and Federal benefits, volunteerism, and family support services. In accordance with the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-226), the monies received from Veteran-focused agreements are remitted locally to the WLA Campus, to support the effort of revitalization as described in the Draft Master Plan.
How was the Project Information Session announced to the Public?
This Project Information Session announcement was messaged through email notification to several hundred recipients, through a posting on VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) Facebook Page, and on GLAHS Event Calendar hosted on GLAHS website. If you would like to be added to GLAHS’ stakeholder lists, please click the “Let Us Know” button on the Draft Master Plan Website Homepage.
Who is the Local Site Monitor (LSM) for Enhanced-Use Leases (EULs) on the West Los Angeles Campus?
The LSM for VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) has been appointed from within the Asset Management Team, which is responsible for overseeing all land use on the West Los Angeles (WLA) Campus. The LSM works with the EUL developer and service provider, as necessary, on a regular basis to ensure compliance with Lease requirements and applicable Federal Law(s). The LSM also coordinates the local Fiscal Team, to ensure invoices are issued and payments are received in a timely fashion. Finally, the LSM shares frequent information with the EUL Program Office, which is based in Washington, D.C., and is responsible for EUL oversight across the entire VA.
Will Veterans become homeless from closing Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Programs?
VA is currently undergoing a competitive Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) to ensure that the GPD Model is consistent with the needs of Veteran communities across the country. This NOFA will also take into consideration the need for additional housing for specific populations, to include female specific. VA remains committed to ensuring every Veteran has a place to call home.
What is the plan for Women/Female Veterans on the WLA Campus?
The Draft Master Plan will assist VA to determine and implement the most effective use of the WLA Campus for Veterans, particularly for homeless Veterans, including underserved populations such as female Veterans, aging Veterans, and those who are severely physically or mentally disabled. As discussed during the Project Information Session on April 20, 2017, VA intends to enter into an Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) for new construction on MacArthur Field. A portion of this new residential complex will contain approximately 150 units of permanent supportive housing (PSH), and will include specific units for female Veterans with children.
Who will the Service Provider be for Building #209 Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH)?
Building #209, which will provide 54 units of permanent supportive housing (PSH), is the first Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) on the WLA Campus. VA selected Shangri La Construction as the Lessee in January 2017. Step up on Second will be the Service Provider and will have one (1) unit in Building #209 for an on-site Clinical Manager. Step Up on Second will provide all wrap-around services to Veterans residing in Building #209. Additionally, Step Up on Second has been working hand-in-hand with the local VA Team to review each of the identified 54 Veterans, prior to their move-in.
How can I obtain copies of Land Use Agreements and other Draft Master Plan related documents?
To request copies of documents, to include Lease Agreements, Revocable Licenses, etc., please submit a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. For additional information on how to submit a FOIA requests, please click the “Let Us Know” button on the Draft Master Plan Website Homepage.
How can I view large copies of the maps shown in the Project Information Session?
The maps displayed during the Project Information Slide Deck were extracted from the Draft Master Plan itself, which is available on VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLAHS) Master Plan Website. For assistance locating specific maps or images, please click the “Let Us Know” button on the Draft Master Plan Website Homepage.
What is the timing for an Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Statement under the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act?
VA has previously completed a traffic study and an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Building 209. Building 209, which contains 55 housing units, was renovated in 2014, prior to the drafting of the framework Draft Master Plan, and is currently operational as a compensated work therapy/transitional residence. On December 20, 2016, VA issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking entities interesting in entering into an EUL with VA for Building 209, to provide approximately 55 units of permanent supportive housing for Veterans. The RFP closed on January 4, 2017. VA’s current goal is to select an awardee before the end of January 2017. Prior to moving forward with any additional development after Building 209, VA plans to complete further environmental, historic, utilities, and traffic due diligence. VA plans to undertake a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the framework Draft Master Plan of the West Los Angeles Campus. As noted at the EUL public hearing, VA anticipates holding additional public meetings, to continue to keep Veterans, community partners, our neighbors, and others stakeholders informed and to receive invaluable feedback.
What is the status of all existing leases of any kind and any planned future leases on the VA property?
Consistent with the framework Draft Master Plan, which was informed by over 1,000 public comments, and establishment of new “Veteran focused” policies and procedures for future land use activities on the campus, VA’s assessment of such agreements on the Campus is ongoing. For the purpose of the Campus, Veteran focused means: Agreements that result in additional healthcare, benefits, services, or resources being provided directly to Veterans and/or their families on the VA West Los Angeles Campus. For future third party agreements on the campus, monetary consideration to VA alone, will not meet that definition. You can also find this information on the Los Angeles VA Website, www.losangeles.va.gov/masterplan.
What is the status of the traffic study?
VA plans to conduct further traffic study due diligence, and that will be a component of the planned Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the framework Draft Master Plan of the West Los Angeles Campus. In accordance with PEIS requirements, and as noted at the EUL public hearing, VA anticipates holding additional public meetings. Doing so will help keep Veterans, community partners, the local community, and other stakeholders informed, and enable VA to receive useful feedback.
Will the traffic study take into consideration the two recent CEQA traffic studies for Brentwood School and Archer School (less than one-half mile from the VA campus), the planned use and activities of the Community Center on Barrington Place, as well as the replacement of the VA Hospital?
The planned traffic study due diligence included in the planned PEIS will analyze the activities contemplated in the framework Draft Master Plan, and will be a process informed with publicly-available information if determined to be current, relevant, and pertinent to the overall process.
When will the traffic study be available for public comment?
As noted during VA’s November 16, 2016 EUL public hearing, VA plans to host additional public meetings beginning in early 2017, to help inform the PEIS process. As VA furthers that process and develops an overall schedule for commencing, conducting, and concluding such additional necessary due diligence, we plan to make draft/preliminary documents and information available for public comment and feedback, consistent with the NEPA process.
What is the status of plans for all new roads that may exit onto the residential community west of the VA campus?
Over the years, VA has periodically modified the ingress/egress points to the VA West Los Angeles Campus and we continue to evaluate this strategy on a regular basis. We will also review this issue as part of the traffic due diligence that is planned as part of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the framework Draft Master Plan.
Will the roads have “controlled access”?
The extent and locations of controlled roadway access on the Campus will be one of many aspects considered during the PEIS process and associated opportunities for VA to receive public input and feedback. VA recognizes the importance of the safety and privacy of Veterans that will be residing and on the campus and plans to consult with subject matter experts in safety and security to ensure appropriate consideration is given
Will the use of these roads be included in the traffic study?
VA’s additional due diligence will assess and contemplate roadway usage, potential traffic impacts, and associated mitigation measures relating to the facilities and activities contained in the framework Draft Master Plan.
Will the VA allow third parties use of VA property to keep construction traffic off Sunset?
As discussed in the framework Draft Master Plan, VA will evaluate land use requests to determine whether and ensure that they are Veteran focused if approved. Part of that review process will include minimizing and avoiding undue impacts to VA’s mission and operations at the West LA Campus. For more information on this process, please visit our website www.losangeles.va.gov/masterplan
Will the VA accommodate parking for the Bonsall Ave. subway stop to keep cars off neighborhood streets? If not, will this traffic be studied in the NEPA traffic study?
VA currently envisions that the contemplated subway stop on the campus (if one occurs) will be for foot-traffic, and potentially a “kiss and ride” area, without substantial (if any) parking spaces. VA plans to further examine this issue as part of VA’s future PEIS process, and will work with Metro and other stakeholders to mitigate and abate potential adverse environmental impacts.
With the proposed programs and permanent housing, what additional resources will be devoted to staffing and security for residents and the surrounding community? Historically, the VA campus has been alcohol and drug free –there was no tolerance for any substance abuse. Now that the protocol for the first time will be “housing first”, what security measures will be taken to assure safety on the VA campus and safety in the surrounding community?
VA will continue to explore and identify ways to maintain and improve the safety and security for everyone working, visiting, and living on the campus. The issue will be assessed as part of VA’s planned PEIS process, which will include input and feedback from Veterans, Veteran Service Organizations, the Community Veteran Engagement Board, local neighborhood, VA and local police, and other stakeholders. This analysis is expected to include facilitating adequate VA and local police staffing and coverage; implementing security staff, measures, and protocols for the planned EUL supportive housing facilities; and receiving input at town hall events and Community Veteran Engagement Board meetings.
What is the authority for initiating the EULs with a Request for Proposal prior to approval of a Final Master Plan in accordance with NEPA?
VA has previously completed National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) compliance, a traffic study and an Environmental Assessment (EA) for Building 209. VA is excited for that building to be the first EUL under the West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016, to provide much-needed permanent supportive housing for Veterans of Greater Los Angeles. Prior to moving forward with any additional development after Building 209, VA plans to conduct additional environmental, historic, utilities, and traffic due diligence. VA will undertake a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the framework Draft Master Plan of the West Los Angeles Campus. In accordance with PEIS requirements, and as noted at the EUL public hearing, VA anticipates additional public meetings, to keep Veterans, community partners, our neighbors, and other stakeholders informed and to receive invaluable feedback.
The Master Plan is still a DRAFT. Does the recent legislation contemplate a Draft Master Plan or Final Master Plan?
The West Los Angeles Leasing Act of 2016 contemplates that VA will comply with applicable environmental and historic preservation laws, when undertaking actions otherwise authorized in the Act. VA plans to do so, as work continues to achieve a final Master Plan for the campus, and provide needed supportive housing units for underserved Veterans. VA’s planned EUL at Building 209, which would be the first EUL on the campus, and consistent with VA’s prior NEPA due diligence for that building, is compatible with VA’s broader plan to do a NEPA PEIS for the framework Draft Master Plan. By approaching the process in that informed, balanced way, VA will adhere to the law, while using Building 209 to provide much-needed supportive housing units for Veterans within the homeless, severely disabled, female, and aging populations. Those objectives are mutually compatible and are consistent with VA’s goal to continue the ongoing collaboration with stakeholders on and off the campus, including the local neighborhood community. The Master Plan will be final, once it has been determined to be in compliance with environmental and historical laws.