Inner City Law Center
Homeless Veterans Project Medical-Legal Partnership
For over 23 years, Inner City Law Center’s Homeless Veterans Project has helped homeless veterans who have service-connected disabilities secure the benefits, healthcare, and housing to which they are entitled because of their service but have been denied because of an injustice. Inner City Law Center has expertise in tackling legal issues and built two successful medical-legal partnerships (MLP) with Los Angeles area Veterans Administration (VA) medical centers. MLP, a unique service model that integrates lawyers into health care settings to address patients’ civil-legal issues concurrently with their healthcare, is especially effective when addressing health disparities related to housing and addressing complex legal issues to improve mental health outcomes. This investment from the Bob Woodruff Foundation will be used to support costs associated with Inner City Law Center’s Homeless Veterans Project MLP with the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Administration’s Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT). Inner City Law Center will use BWF funding to provide civil legal aid for at least 40 veterans served by the West LA VAMC’s H-PACT to address social determinants of health and decrease barriers to secure housing.