CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON OPENING OF BUILDING 209 ON WEST LOS ANGELES VA CAMPUS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) released the following statement regarding the Ribbon Cutting for the newly open Building 209 on the West Los Angeles VA Campus, the first permanent supportive housing development created on the West Los Angeles VA Campus.
“This ribbon cutting represents a step forward in restoring the West LA VA property to the Old Soldiers’ Home it was always intended to be. I join with all Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the communities of West Los Angeles in “welcoming home” 54 Veterans who have been experiencing homelessness into their new home at Building 209 on the West Los Angeles VA Campus. These 54 Veterans will now have a permanent home and wraparound case management services for the first time in many years. This is an historic day as Building 209 provides the first of up to 1,200 permanent supportive housing units for homeless Veterans called for in the West LA VA Draft Master Plan. I am pleased that these units are being created on the West Los Angeles VA Campus as a result of legislation I authored with Senator Feinstein last year. Today’s success is a collective victory for countless individuals and groups. I would like to commend the VA for creating beautiful homes for the Veterans. I would like to recognize Step Up on Second for taking over the first lease to manage this facility, and I would like to thank the community for helping the residents move in by providing many appliances and furnishings for their new homes. No Veterans who fought for our country should ever need to fight for a roof over their heads. Today’s ribbon cutting helps us move forward on our unwavering mission to honor the debt we owe our nation’s Veterans.”