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54 Veterans Move into the First Permanent Supportive Housing Unit on the West LA Campus

June 16, 2017

54 Veterans Move into the First Permanent Supportive Housing Unit on the West LA Campus

Deputy Secretary to Attend Ribbon Cutting and Announce Progress

LOS ANGELES – The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (GLA) opened its first units of permanent supportive housing, Building 209, on the West LA campus. VA Deputy Secretary Blackburn will help welcome 54 previously homeless veterans who have moved in and now have a place to call home on the West LA campus, where wrap-around services are provided and veterans’ additional needs can be met.

On this project, VA partnered with Veteran Housing Partnership, which is part of a group ranked as one of the Top 40 Los Angeles Contractors by the Los Angeles Business Journal, and Step Up on Second, a nonprofit organization that will operate as the service provider and property manager of this supportive housing unit. Step Up on Second owns and operates seven permanent supportive housing communities in Hollywood and Santa Monica and has transitioned more than 1,000 people off the street and into permanent housing.

Opening Building 209 is a big first step in the initial phase of implementing the draft Master Plan to revitalize the West LA campus. We are currently meeting our benchmarks laid out in the draft Master Plan, and are continuing to work with community partners to keep up the momentum. Today, we can announce that we have selected a developer to begin the process of renovating Buildings 205 and 208, providing an additional 100 units of permanent supportive housing. We are once again partnering with Veteran Housing Partnership on this important project to make more housing units available on the West LA campus for our most vulnerable homeless veterans.

The draft Master Plan also identifies an additional 150 housing units to be built in the area on campus near McArthur field. Core Affordable Housing and Walsh Construction Company have been jointly selected as the developer for this project. Core specializes in design and development of below-market-rate residential properties through partnerships with public agencies, non-profit organizations and private financing institutions. Core is the Developer/ Lessee for the successful Willow Housing project in Menlo Park, CA - a 60-unit permanent supportive housing project for homeless veterans. The Walsh Group has been delivering construction-related projects to VA for more than 20 years, and is the 15th largest healthcare builder and national contractor per Engineering News-Record, 2014. The project timeline for the redevelopment of MacArthur Field is dependent upon completion of the Environmental Impact Statement, which is currently underway.

At VA we also understand and respect the individual veteran’s choices on whether to seek housing at the West LA campus or in the local community. While we’re moving forward with campus housing for veterans with specific needs, we also know that the best place for a veteran to reintegrate into society and build a stable, fulfilling life is within the community. That’s why we are also working diligently in the community with the local officials, organizations, landlords and developers to find suitable housing for the majority of veterans who would prefer a home within the community.

For more details around the new initiatives and services available for veterans at GLA, please visit: www.losangeles.va.gov.