May 6, 2015
Press Release

CONTACT: Jack d’Annibale | 202-330-1613

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles) joined Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Douglas Guthrie, CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA), for the announcement of the Homeless Veterans Initiative in Los Angeles. The Initiative is the result of collaboration between HACLA and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that aims to address the needs of homeless Veterans who are ineligible for HUD-VASH vouchers.

“We aren’t going to solve the crisis of Veteran homelessness if we don’t solve it in Los Angeles,” said Congressman Lieu. “The Homeless Veterans Initiative is a unique and innovative partnership designed to make a real difference in the lives of our Veterans by ensuring that they have reliable access to healthcare and housing.  Thank you Secretary McDonald, Mr. Guthrie, and Mayor Garcetti for your tireless work on this issue.  I am also pleased funds from Proposition 41, of which I was a co-author, will also be used to house homeless Veterans.  I stand ready to support the Homeless Veterans Initiative in any way that I can – including advocating in Congress for a fully funded VA.”

Veterans who are not approved for VA healthcare services cannot currently receive HUD-VASH vouchers to assist them with obtaining permanent housing. The Homeless Veterans Initiative has secured 500 Section 8 vouchers to be dedicated by the City of Los Angeles through HACLA to this vulnerable population of veterans who are not getting housing or healthcare assistance. Through this innovative program, VA employees will work out of HACLA’s offices in Los Angeles so that both organizations can work together to jointly serve homeless veterans.