June 7, 2020 Your Source for Brentwood News

VA Homeless Shelter Opens

50 beds for homeless veterans

By Sam Catanzaro

Bridge housing for homeless veterans opened Saturday at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration campus with changes in place intended to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to Councilmember Mike Bonin who represents Brentwood, the shelter will give “vulnerable, unhoused veterans an opportunity to comply with social distancing and public health protocols.”

The facility, built by the City of Los Angeles and funded by both the city and the county, will begin as a 50-bed shelter for unhoused veterans who are displaying no symptoms of COVID-19, according to Bonin. The shelter was originally designed as a 100-bed transitional shelter, but will temporarily house a smaller number of veterans in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.

“This is a small payment on the debt we owe our veterans, and I am grateful this facility is finally opening its doors and letting unhoused veterans in,” Bonin said.

This is the second “A Bridge Home” shelter opened in Council District 11. In January, a bridge shelter, accommodating 100 adults and 54 youth, opened in Venice.

The news of the opening of the facility was part of a larger plan by the Veterans Administration Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. The VA also announced that 138 beds in building 214 are being made available to veterans who need to isolate or quarantine due to exposure to or risk of COVID-19. The VA is also allowing “safe camping” on the campus for unsheltered veterans in tents. The program, which will allow 25 veterans to participate, will provide showers, restrooms and hot meals, and may expand to accommodate a larger number of veterans.

“I am really pleased to see the local VA opening up the campus this way to those to whom it truly belongings,” Bonin said. “Veterans have been clamoring for more access for generations, and I am grateful the current team at VAGLAHS is stepping up and providing it. The addition of Safe Camping, while the VA builds long-term housing with its Master Plan, is a smart and greatly needed complement to the ‘Safe Parking’ the VA already offers to veterans who live in their cars.”

Related Posts

Den of Mountain Lion Kittens Discovered

June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

P-54 gives birth to first litter By Kerry Slater Acknowledging the civic unrest across the nation, Santa Monica Mountains rangers...

Nearly 1,500 COVID Cases Confirmed Thursday

June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

County tells protestors to consider isolating By Sam Catanzaro On a day when nearly 1,500 cases of the novel coronavirus...

Help rebuild local Santa Monica businesses affected by looting: Brentwood Beat – June, 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

June 4, 2020

Local news and culture in under 5 minutes. * Help rebuild local Santa Monica businesses affected by looting.All this and...

LAPD Warns of Overflow Looting for From Hollywood Protests

June 3, 2020

June 3, 2020

LAPD: no National Guard unless Brentwood is targeted By Sam Catanzaro As peaceful protests and civil unrest continue following the...

Riots and looting of local stores in Santa Monica and neighboring areas: Brentwood Beat – June, 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Riots and looting of local stores in Santa...

Peaceful protests calling for justice: Brentwood Beat – June, 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Peaceful protests calling for justice. All this and...

Brentwood Businesses Prepare for Looters

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

By Sam Catanzaro Following damage in Santa Monica, Brentwood business owners are preparing for potential looters by boarding up their...

Protestors Go Onto 405 Freeway

June 1, 2020

June 1, 2020

George Floyd protests continue on the Westside By Sam Catanzaro The 405 Freeway was briefly blocked off by demonstrators protesting...

Brentwood Now Included in Los Angeles Curfew

May 30, 2020

May 30, 2020

Protests against the police killing of George Floyd continue By Sam Catanzaro A City of Los Angeles curfew has been...

Congrats to All 2020 Grads from the Brentwood News!

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

Some students (and their parents) have told me of uplifting graduation ceremonies, conducted via Zoom. The Class of 2020 will...

Elon Musk selling four more properties? Brentwood Beat – May, 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

May 28, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Elon Musk selling four more properties. * Businesses...

Video: Expanding Outdoor Dining?

May 27, 2020

May 27, 2020

Local restaurants may soon be able to expand operations into parking lots and the sidewalk. Learn more in this video...

County Reports Highest COVID-19 Count as Brentwood Cases Remain Steady

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

By Sam Catanzaro The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) reported the highest number of new COVID-19...

Vehicle break ins on the rise: Brentwood Beat – May, 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

May 26, 2020

All your local news, events and happenings in under 5 minutes. * Vehicle break ins on the rise. * Hiker...

LAFD Put out Brentwood-Area Brush Fire

May 25, 2020

May 25, 2020

Over 60 LAFD crews put out a brush fire that broke out in the hills above Brentwood Sunday night. According...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *