VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Staff Provided Services to Skid Row Veterans
September 28, 2015
LOS ANGELES – 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.
"We are grateful for our partners like Terrence Gomes and the LA Neighborhood Council Coalitions, Veterans Service Organizations and advocates, representatives from Los Angeles County and city, our non profit partners and most importantly our Veterans," said Vince Kane, Special Assistant to VA Secretary McDonald.
Community partners and VA staff at the Veterans Welcome Center on the West Los Angeles VA campus provided clothing, showers, cell phones a hot meal and emergency housing and other services. "Yesterday is a great example of how we can end Veteran homelessness," said Kane. "We are connecting homeless Veterans with available resources, getting them off the streets and into a dignified, supportive environment while we rapidly finalize their permanent housing and service plans." VA clinical staff was also on hand to provide medical and mental health care while VA benefits experts were present to assist with benefit concerns. During the event, Veterans were evaluated for their care needs, which will be addressed on site or with scheduled follow up appointments.
Veterans not able to be served directly by VA due to laws and regulations restricting VA from providing services to veterans were served by county partners. VA officials on hand yesterday acknowledge that VA's work continues beyond yesterday and dedicated staff will work every day with a sense of urgency and commitment to make sure Veterans have a home, access to the high quality health care, employment , benefits and services needed to end their homelessness and improve their quality of life.
"Working together as one community is what it takes to bring our Veterans home," said Kane. "We must continue to grow our capabilities, both internally and through community partnerships to quickly and efficiently connect our Veterans to housing, health care, jobs, and other supports they need to end their homelessness forever."