9 Veterans moving into supportive housing Monday, 2 reunited
By Sam Catanzaro
11 homeless Veterans who were living on San Vicente Boulevard are moving into housing or have been reunited with their families, officials say.
The news was announced by the Brentwood Community Council (BCC) in a Monday morning newsletter.
“2 social service agencies and Congressman Lieu’s office have confirmed that at least 9 homeless Veterans will be moving from the sidewalk into supportive housing on Monday, July 19, while 2 Veterans have been reunited with family,” reads the email. “We’d like to thank Village for Vets and Step Up on Second for their work, they deserve enormous credit for listening to community requests for services, providing consistent outreach and preparing the new Step Up on Second building on Western Avenue for residents. Village for Vets provided all of the ‘move in kits’ for the apartments and cleaned and prepared the units.”
According to the BCC, while the new Step Up on Second building contains 32 units and as of last July 15, the orgainzitorn only had 20 applicants.
“They are seeking additional homeless Veterans who qualify for HUD VASH housing vouchers and hope more qualified Veterans on San Vicente will accept housing. Beds are also available in various VA programs,” the BCC said.
The BCC noted that there are additional Veterans in the San Vicente encampment that may not qualify for Veteran benefits or meet other housing qualifications. These individuals must be served via a LA County Encampment to Home outreach program, something the BCC says it has been pushing for.