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Action to End Homelessness Among Veterans in Greater Los Angeles

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VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System (GLA) is carrying out a multifaceted plan to end homelessness among Veterans in the region by the end of 2015.

Overview

On January 28, 2015, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and attorneys representing homeless Veterans in Los Angeles signed a Principles Agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving Veterans in need and created a new partnership for ending homelessness among Veterans in the Los Angeles area.

On February 13, 2015, VA released the Veteran Homelessness Strategy and Action Plan for Greater Los Angeles, a living document that operationalizes that agreement and details how GLA will help end Veteran homelessness. This plan is being executed in coordination with many partners, including federal, state, county and local authorities; legislators; Veterans service organizations; faith-based organizations; community partners; and charitable organizations and Veterans.

Immediate changes are being implemented across GLA homeless services to increase access, capacity, and minimize the time a Veteran is homeless. These changes will improve housing and health care engagement to dramatically increase successful outcomes for Veterans.

GLA Homelessness Town Hall Meetings

VA is conducting monthly Town Hall Meeting include Federal, State, and local community partners and stakeholders.  The purpose of these meetings is to provide information and receive feedback regarding progress to date related to VA’s effort to help end Veteran homelessness in GLA, provide updates on the implementation of the strategic plan and to foster a team approach of working to end Veteran homelessness in Greater Los Angeles.

Key 100-Day Accomplishments

Click on the timeline thumbnail to view a large image (PDF format). The timeline is also available as Text-only.

GLA's Homeless Strategy Timeline

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Blue Butterfly Project 

On May 5, 2014, VA Secretary McDonald, joined Congressional and community leaders and stakeholders to officially “open” the Blue Butterfly homes. Blue Butterfly Village is a 73-unit 2BR townhouse community located in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles. All 73 units are subsidized for homeless families. Veteran families receive a preference for 61 of the units. 12 units are reserved for families eligible under the MHSA program. Amenities include a garage, private office/meeting space, community rooms, meeting/conference room, in unit washer/dryer, children’s play area and community walking path. Each unit is fully furnished and all utilities are included in the rent. Blue Butterfly Village is also home to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Protected Palos Verdes Blue Butterfly Sanctuary.

VA is committed to ending homelessness among Veterans in Greater Los Angeles —and across the country—by the end of 2015.