Sixty of the most vulnerable, chronically homeless veterans in Los Angeles will be moved off the streets into permanent supportive housing in Venice, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Van Nuys under a new multi-agency program.
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VA GLAHS) has collaborated with federal, county, local government, and nonprofit agencies to implement the Project 60 effort. Project 60 is a veteran-centered holistic approach to care that starts with outreach on the streets. The care continues regardless if the veterans are ready for mental health and substance abuse services, or despite treatment failures and setbacks, a project spokesperson said.
“The goal of Vets to Home Project 60 is to provide comprehensive services and resources to the vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans to improve their health, wellbeing, and to promote independent living in the community,” said Donna Beiter, VA GLAHS director.
Among the private homeless provider partners involved are OPCC in Santa Monica, St. Joseph Center in Venice, Step Up on Second of Hollywood, and the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center.
Public partners include Veterans Benefit Administration (VBA), Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica), Los Angeles
County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, Housing Authority of the county and city of Los Angeles, Housing Authority of the city of Santa Monica, and Social Security Administration.
The use of integrated healthcare supportive service teams in Project 60 identifies high-risk homeless veterans, who are case managed and placed into safe housing.
“Project 50 exploded the myth that the hardcore homeless on Skid Row couldn’t be helped,” Yaroslavsky said prior to a news conference on Project 60 Feb. 16.
“Building on that success, we now turn our attention to our most vulnerable chronically homeless
veterans. They answered their nation’s call – and today, we honor that service and answer their pleas for assistance and support.”