New Directions For Veterans Opens Bridge Housing at VA Welcome Center

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911 veteransLOS ANGELES, November 30, 2015 – Under a $4.9 million contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) has welcomed the first veterans into its Bridge Housing program for homeless veterans at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Veterans Welcome Center.

Located in Building 257 on the sprawling VA West LA campus, the 35-bed Bridge Housing program offers immediate shelter and meals for veterans who are awaiting placement in permanent supportive housing, as well as access to healthcare and transitional services as needed.

“We are delighted and honored to be selected as the VA’s Bridge Housing provider at the new Veterans Welcome Center,” said New Directions for Veterans President and CEO Gregory C. Scott. “Our staff will work closely with the veterans, the VA and other service organizations to help participants secure housing as quickly as possible, so they can begin the process of rebuilding their lives.”

The Veterans Welcome Center is a unique and innovative program, the only one of its kind at a VA facility in the nation, and represents a collaborative approach to working with veterans following a “housing first” philosophy. More than 150 veterans are expected to use the Veterans Welcome Center each day, with New Directions for Veterans staffing allowing the center to remain open for expanded hours.

The agency’s staff will be assigned to the 35 veterans in the bridge program, but also have the flexibility to work with day patrons who are not in the program in securing housing. New Directions for Veterans’ services include assistance with planning and searching for housing, obtaining documentation, accompanying and transporting veterans to appointments, advocating with landlords, covering move-in costs and utilities, and referring veterans to services.

 


New Directions for Veterans is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Since 1992, NDVets has provided comprehensive social and housing services for homeless and at-risk veterans, and their families, in Los Angeles County. For more information, visit www.NDVets.org.

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