VA Secretary Bob McDonald and attorneys representing homeless veterans in Los Angeles announced an agreement that dedicates the West Los Angeles VA campus to serving veterans in need, and commits the department to design a plan to help end homelessness among veterans in Los Angeles County. The agreement is an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s commitment that no veteran should live on the streets, or forego necessary medical and psychological services.
“This agreement offers VA a historic opportunity to build new community relationships in Los Angeles and continue the work needed to end veteran homelessness here,” said Secretary McDonald. “VA is proud of the progress we’ve made in ending veteran homelessness—down 33 percent since 2010—but we won’t be satisfied until every veteran has a home.”
Under the agreement, Secretary McDonald and plaintiffs’ representatives will develop by February 13, 2015, a written plan to help end Veteran homelessness in Greater Los Angeles. The plan will focus on serving Veterans, particularly homeless Veterans, women Veterans, aging Veterans and Veterans that are severely disabled. Secretary McDonald will appoint a special assistant, who will report directly to him, to oversee the plan’s implementation with the necessary resources and support.