Homeless Veteran care
There is nothing more important to VA than ending Veteran homelessness, and the dedicated VA staff will not rest until every Veteran has a good, safe, stable home in this country they fought to defend. If you are a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (VAGLAHS) is here to help you. VAGLAHS offers a variety of emergency, transitional and permanent housing options, plus supportive services, which are all outlined below. VAGLAHS also offers a broad range of health and mental health services to help support your well-being.
For Veterans ready to start their journey out of homelessness
In addition to providing healthcare, VA administers the Transitional Housing Program (THP), providing over 1,000 beds across Greater Los Angeles catchment area. VA works with more than a dozen different community partners, each committed to providing Veterans in need with temporary shelter, food, and personal items to sustain them while seeking permanent housing
Temporary Housing Hotline
For temporary housing referrals, please call:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
For a Veteran who needs temporary housing shelter outside of normal business hours, please call Volunteers of America (available 24/7) at 213-563-7979.
Temporary Housing Program Contact List
For a comprehensive list of temporary housing providers, please click HERE
Grant and Per Diem Program: Provider Information
Serve those who have served our nation by becoming a VA grantee and/or per diem recipient. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program is offered annually (as funding permits) to fund community agencies providing services to Veterans experiencing homelessness. The purpose of the transitional housing component of the program is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and services with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination. Additionally, the GPD Program offers Case Management grants to support housing retention for Veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing.
Please visit the national Grant and Per Diem Program Provider Website for more information and to review recent Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Program: Provider Information
The central goal of the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Program is to reduce homelessness among Veterans by contracting with community-based agencies to provide short-term residential treatment to Veterans who need an immediate housing placement, even as they seek permanent housing and/or additional care and services.
Please visit the National HCHV Provider Website for more information regarding VA housing contracts and the solicitation process.
West LA VA Community Resource and Referral Center
Veterans experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless can walk into what is commonly referred to as “the Welcome Center” during normal business hours and get connected with a VA social worker, receive a health screening, be referred to a temporary housing program, and access other services, including free legal and employment assistance.
11301 Wilshire Blvd, Building 402, Los Angeles, CA 90073
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Veterans experiencing homelessness and seeking primary care services, contact Homeless Patient Aligned Care Teams (HPACT) at 310-268-3566 and/or in Building 402 at the West LA VA.
To access VA 24/7 national hotline for homeless and at-risk Veteran services:
For Veterans ready to move into a permanent home
A partnership between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs – VA Supported Housing (VASH), HUD-VASH assists eligible Veterans and their families with subsidized permanent housing and case management. This program focuses on obtaining safe, affordable, accessible, and permanent housing in a location of the Veteran’s choice. HUD-VASH helps move Veterans and their families out of homelessness and provides support to sustain stabilized independent community living.
Please visit the Welcome Center or nearest HPACT location to begin a referral to HUD-VASH. Any VA provider will also be able to assist with a referral to the HUD-VASH program.
HUD-VASH Veteran Community units are fully subsidized apartments which means your rent will be calculated at about 30-40% of your income, and your rent will adjust with your income; so if your income lowers, your rent will too. These apartments also come with supportive services from the Veteran Affairs (VA) HUD-VASH program to support your transition to your new home. To view available HUD-VASH Community (Project-Based) vacancies please visit HERE.
You are not stuck in these units. After completion of the lease agreement of one year, residents can request a tenant-based voucher which they can use with private landlords to rent. These vouchers also calculate the resident’s rent at 30-40% of their income.
In greater Los Angeles, these sites often have current vacancies. This means some units are available now and you do not have to do a housing search to try to find a landlord. It may be a quicker way to move out of homelessness rather than waiting for other opportunities; and remember, at the end of 12 months, you could elect to transition to a tenant-based voucher.
After an initial screening or pre-screening to ensure that the eligibility criteria is met, potential Veteran Community applicants compile the necessary forms / documents to go through a process of approval (separately) with HUD-VASH, the Veteran Community (Project Based) site, and the Public Housing Authority. These approvals could happen separately or concurrently.
After the completed form is submitted, reach out to the corresponding building point of contact to begin the application process.
Yes, Tenant-Based vouchers may be accepted by any property manager or landlord willing to participate in HUD-VASH. Beyond the gratification of supporting Veterans, there are several benefits for property owners who participate in VA’s HUD-VASH supportive housing program, including a cash bonus for every new lease signed with a Veteran. To learn more about HUD-VASH, including how to participate in the program if you are a property owner, by clicking HERE. Visit the LA County Housing Resource Center database of landlords currently willing to accept HUD-VASH vouchers HERE.
For Veterans and their families who need a helping hand
VA works to prevent low-income Veterans and their families from falling into homelessness through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program, which provides grants to local nonprofits and consumer cooperatives that specialize in assisting those who are struggling financially.
SSVF offers rapid re-housing for homeless Veterans and assists Veterans who face an imminent risk of homelessness through a mix of financial assistance and other services.
This assistance includes help to apply for benefits, enroll Veterans in job training and education programs, provide subsidized childcare, and connect Veterans to free legal services and transportation.
Learn more about SSVF HERE.
Learn more about SSVF service area provider coverage with the map below.
Supportive Services Veteran Families (SSVF) Service Planning Areas (SPA) Contacts
SPA 1 - Antelope Valley area
SPA 2 - San Fernando Valley and local surrounding areas
SPA 3 - San Gabriel Valley and local surrounding areas
SPA 4 - Downtown/Hollywood and local surrounding areas
SPA 5 - West Los Angeles/Culver City and local surrounding areas
SPA 6 - Crenshaw/Florence, Watts and local surrounding areas
M : Volunteers of America LA
Screening Line 323-657-5550
SPA 7 – Huntington Park, Lakewood, Whitter and local surrounding areas
SPA 8 - Inglewood, Carson, and local surrounding areas
San Luis Obispo County
Santa Barbara County
For Veterans seeking employment
VAGLAHS Vocational Rehabilitation program’s mission is to maximize Veterans' opportunities for competitive employment that serve as an essential component of Veteran recovery and integration into the community.
VAGLAHS Vocational Rehabilitation provides a comprehensive range of rehabilitation services to inpatients and outpatients with impairments, disabilities and handicaps resulting from psychiatric, addiction, homelessness, and medical disorders.
These services and programs include core vocational rehabilitation assessment and case management services, work therapy, supported employment, and supportive programs for the seriously mentally ill and chronically homeless.
Contact VAGLAHS Vocational Rehabilitation via email HERE.
Call the VAGLAHS Vocational Rehabilitation hotline at 310-478-3711 Ext. 48086.
To learn more, read the VAGLAHS Vocational Rehabilitation program brochure for an overview of services, eligibility criteria and consult process.
For justice-involved Veterans
The mission of the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program is to identify justice-involved Veterans and contact them through outreach to facilitate access to VA services at the earliest possible point. Veterans Justice Programs accomplish this by building and maintaining partnerships between VA and key elements of the criminal justice system.
VJO specialists are present in jails and courts, making connections with Veterans to inform them of options available to reduce sentencing or clear court cases through diversion programs, and ensure Veterans receive treatment to address unmet clinical needs that may have contributed to their involvement in the justice system. For more, visit https://www.va.gov/homeless/vjo.asp. VAGLAHS VJO specialist can be reached at 213-253-2677 Ext. 24793.
To learn more about VA’s support for justice-involved Veterans, watch an informational video HERE.
For Veterans and their families seeking peer support access to services
The Veteran Peer Access Network (VPAN) is a Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) program designed to connect Veterans and military families to services with the goals to reduce homelessness, suicide, under-employment, and dramatically increase ease of access to resources.
VPAN is staffed by Veterans and military family members who provide peer support and linkage to housing, health care, financial, legal and employment advice and assistance services. Clinical professionals are also available to assist those struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. Any Veteran can use VPAN's services regardless of discharge status.
Call the LACDMH Veteran Support Line from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily including holidays at 800-854-7771, option *3. Spanish speakers available. Or visit online at https://dmh.lacounty.gov/veterans/. The line is staffed by LA County staff and volunteers who are Veterans or military family members.
VPAN also offers rally sites where any Veteran or family member can receive walk-in support or connection to services. These are:
- JVS SoCal
1180 Durfee Ave., South El Monte, CA 91733
- Battleship Iowa
5155 Rosecrans Ave, Ste. 101, Hawthorne, CA 90250
- Goodwill SoCal
13400 Riverside Dr., Ste 100, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
- Battleship Iowa
250 S. Harbor Blvd., San Pedro, CA 90731
- JVS SoCal
38345 30th St. E, Suite A-1, Palmdale, CA 93550
VPAN HQ: Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
1816 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90015
For additional data on Veteran housing placements and availability
Please visit the VA Greater Los Angeles Community Impact Analytics Dashboard HERE.