Saint John’s Health Center Foundation Funds Critical Outreach Role

$50,000 Gift Links Veterans to Permanent Supportive Housing

02/01/2024

The Veterans Collective is pleased to announce a generous grant from the Saint John’s Health Center Foundation Community Impact Fund to support outreach services for Veterans experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity.

The Foundation’s gift of $50,000 will help staff an outreach coordinator responsible for connecting Veterans on the expansive West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus to permanent supportive housing and case management, including counseling, emergency financial assistance, meals, benefit signups, transportation, job training, and referrals to medical care and legal aid.

The coordinator will visit shelters, treatment programs, transitional housing, sober living programs, food banks and other locations where at-risk individuals may need assistance finding stable living arrangements. The grant supports a portion of the coordinator’s salary and benefits, and funds the
purchase of supplies for hygiene kits, food and water to help build trust with Veterans.

The position is crucial in ensuring Veterans get the help they need as TVC continues intensive construction and renovations on 80 acres in the northern part of the historic VA campus. TVC’s first supportive housing building opened in February 2023 has filled all 59 units, and the coordinator is
pivotal in continuing to connect Veterans to stable housing solutions as hundreds of new apartments open in coming years. TVC, established and led by partners Century Housing, Thomas Safran & Associates and U.S.VETS, is expediting the redevelopment of the West LA VA campus into a supportive housing community for 3,000 Veterans and their families.