VA secretary sets goals to house more veterans in LA, prevent homelessness


WASHINGTON– Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said Friday that the agency will get more veterans into homes this year in Los Angeles and help prevent homelessness.

The agency will get 1,500 additional veterans into homes, and 180 housing units will be added to the campus of the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, along with 535 individual veteran housing units through project-based vouchers, McDonough told attendees at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Conference, a three-day event that gathers community-based service providers working with veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

The coalition held the conference for the first time in two years. The theme for this year’s conference was “Coming Together: Facing the Future,” and consisted of more than 600 service providers and partners who sought resources and technical assistance for homeless veterans in other areas.

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