The Veterans Collective last week launched a new and multi-faceted campaign aimed at garnering $75 million from the state to further expedite the development of more than 500 units of supportive housing for homeless veterans at the West Los Angeles VA North Campus.
When completed, this development will be the largest supportive housing community in the country for homeless and at-risk Veterans and their families and will include service-enriched housing, access to quality recovery and wellness programs, job placement services, enterprise opportunities, community resources, and more. This will allow our nation's heroes to have the necessary tools to build successful futures for themselves and their loved ones.
In the coming weeks, our team will engage Governor Newsom and his administration, the state legislature, community stakeholders, the press, and the public to raise awareness about this important project and how an additional $75 million in public funding will accelerate housing production, support crucial transportation infrastructure improvements, and help build a Town Center within the community.
Last week, ABC News Live aired a piece featuring our campus, with interviews from formerly unhoused Veterans, Admiral Mike Mullen, and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough who said, “People expect there to not be homeless Veterans, the bigger problem for us is going to be if we fail, which is why I am not going to let us fail ... we are going to cut through all the red tape we can.”
Watch ABC News LIVE: Inside the 'monumental' bid to end veteran homelessness An abbreviated version of this story also aired on Good Morning America and can be seen here.
Veteran homelessness is a stain on the American Flag. We believe this project, with additional funding from the State of California, will have an immediate and profound impact on solving this systemic problem in Southern California, while also serving as a model for VAs across the country.
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