VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
VA Announces Contract Awards for Outreach and Housing
September 30, 2015
LOS ANGELES - Today, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System announced contract awards for homeless Veterans outreach and emergency housing. In an effort to expand outreach to homeless Veterans, VA awarded a $540,000 contract to People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) organization. The contract will provide additional resources for more street outreach teams that work to locate homeless Veterans and connect them to housing, healthcare, and other services needed to end their homelessness and get them into a sustainable, safe, and supportive environment.
VA also awarded a $4.99 million contract to the New Directions for Veterans organization for the operation of bridge housing beds in the Veterans Welcome Center on the West LA VA campus. The Veterans Welcome Center will now open 24/7 and able to help Veterans in need. This additional bed space will enable the Veterans Welcome Center to become a true one-stop shop for Veterans to be connected to resources needed to end their homelessness, including a dignified place to stay while VA works to place them in permanent housing as quickly as possible. "We are pleased to announce the award of these contacts for the much needed expansion of homeless outreach services in Los Angeles and emergency housing beds on campus," said Vince Kane, VA’s Homeless Expert. "These contracts will allow us to more quickly find Veterans in need and immediately connect them with the housing services needed to provide lasting solutions to end their homelessness."