February 23, 2017
Press Release


Washington Yesterday, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles County) held a meeting of the Elected Officials Council on Veterans, a regional council he created of non-partisan leaders from local, state and federal governments who are dedicated to improving service delivery for Veterans at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. This meeting focused on the progress that has been made to develop permanent-supportive housing and wraparound services to house and serve homeless veterans in Southern California. 

Today, Mr. Lieu issued the following statement regarding the meeting of the Elected Officials Council on Veterans:

“Yesterday’s meeting of the Elected Officials Council on Veterans brought together elected leaders from all levels of government who have an interest in serving Veterans in our region. This meeting provided a progress report on development of immediate and long-term housing options to house homeless Veterans at the West Los Angeles VA campus.”

“The report from the Department of Veterans Affairs showed that progress has been made to house homeless Veterans in recently retrofitted buildings on the VA campus and the VA is making strides towards implementing a Master Plan which will develop 1,200 units of Permanent Supportive Housing throughout the property.”

“The development of housing on the VA campus was made possible by legislation I authored (H.R. 3484) to authorize the VA to enter into public-private agreements to develop permanent supportive and temporary housing for traumatized, disabled, and homeless Veterans. Along with two bills (H.R. 1543 and H.R. 4334) I passed to retrofit vacant buildings on the campus and another (H.R. 2934) to reauthorize the VA’s Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans, we are driving the VA’s work to address Veteran homelessness in Los Angeles and nationally.”

“I want to thank Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) who has been leader in Congress fighting to end Veteran homelessness. I would also like to thank Beverly Hills Mayor John Mirisch and the Beverly Hills City Council for hosting this meeting of the Elected Officials Council on Veterans.”

“I am proud to work with federal, state, county and local leaders on this council to ensure that this Master Plan best serves the needs of our Veterans. Working together with the Department of Veterans Affairs, the community and regional stakeholders, we can end homelessness for Veterans in Los Angeles and create a model for tackling this issue nationwide.”