Comprehensive Case Management and Meals for Homeless and At-Risk Veterans
Service Area: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada
Goal: Provide case management and meals to ensure that veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness have their immediate needs met and are able to achieve and/or sustain long-term stable housing
On a single night in January 2022, 33,129 veterans were experiencing homelessness in the United States. While great strides have been made to reduce veteran homelessness across the country, significant challenges remain. This is especially true in regions seeing high rates of unsheltered homelessness among veterans and rising costs of living, such as California and Hawaii, where over half of veterans experiencing homelessness were unsheltered. U.S.VETS uses a comprehensive, individualized approach to address veterans’ barriers to long-term housing and stability. In California, which accounted for 32 percent of all veterans experiencing homelessness—10 percent of whom reside in Los Angeles—U.S.VETS is part of the principal team that will develop the north campus of the West LA VA into the nation’s largest veteran housing community in the country. This NFL-BWF Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Community (HLCC) investment will provide case management to 5,000 veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness, at eight residential sites in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada, including the first residential building on the West LA VA Campus. This funding will also supplement federal funding to provide daily meals for veterans living in transitional housing, as well as supplemental meals for veterans and families in the community. Overall, this investment will ensure that veterans experiencing or at risk of homelessness have their immediate needs met and are able to achieve and/or sustain long-term stable housing.