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VA Mobilizing Efforts in Los Angeles: Act Now to House Homeless Veterans

January 1, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

January 12, 2017

VA Mobilizing Efforts in Los Angeles: Act Now to House Homeless Veterans

LOS ANGELES – Following last week’s charge by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald for a 30-day push to house homeless Veterans across the nation, VA is leading the effort in Los Angeles to increase the number of Veterans placed in permanent housing each day.  Critical to this effort is the network of federal, local, and non-governmental partners throughout the community. McDonald met with Veterans and partners last week in Los Angeles and emphasized the need to act now, while also encouraging every VA employee, partner organization and community supporter to expand efforts to help Veterans exit homelessness immediately.
VA is working with LA’s city and county housing authorities, the Mayor’s office, Los Angeles Homeless Services and partner organizations to strategically target available resources, identify housing units and get them ready for immediate occupancy for homeless Veterans.  Ann Brown, Director at Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System, echoed the Secretary’s call. “Even one night on the street is too many for any of our Veterans in Los Angeles,” she said. “But especially now with lowering temperatures and wet conditions, we need to act to get Veterans off the street and into a safe, warm, and permanent home, while also providing them with the wrap around services needed to be successful.”

In Los Angeles, the call to action means finding landlords and developers who have units available for rent and will accept federal HUD-VASH vouchers.  It also involves partnering with private or nonprofit organizations willing to donate items needed to make a unit a home (moving kits, furniture, appliances, etc.). Last year, VA added more than 800 new HUD-VASH vouchers to create and/or expand housing opportunities and worked with HUD to increase the voucher rate to 120% of fair market value. With HUD-VASH vouchers, VA ensures that Veterans have supportive services including individualized case management, healthcare and employment services to help them sustain their home and reintegrate into the community.

Los Angeles can end Veteran homelessness with dedicated efforts from VA along with federal, state, and community partners. VA believes that collective efforts can help accelerate the pace, and welcomes guidance, support, and participation from our partners in this surge effort. Everyone has a part to play in ending Veteran homelessness. This includes landlords with available units or community members willing to donate move-in kits. 

If you would like more information on providing units for Veterans to rent, please contact Agustin Coronado with PATH Los Angeles at 323-420-9246.

For more information on how to donate critical resources like move-in kits, please contact Luis Ruiz-Leon with PATH Los Angeles at 323-644-2264.

Follow the links for more details about the Surge to End Veteran Homelessness and to find out more about VA resources and services for homeless Veterans in Los Angeles.

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