‘Project 60’ offers housing and support to struggling veterans in LA

Recent estimates say there are about 7,000 homeless veterans in Los Angeles County and that 1,400 of them are suffering from various health issues that, if left untreated, could be imminently fatal. Last week, a Veteran’s Affairs facility in LA announced Project 60.  Project 60 is a two year project that has targeted 60 of LA’s most at-risk veterans to provide them with much needed housing and then “medical treatment, mental health counseling, addiction rehab, and job training.” Project 60 will implement the controversial “housing-first” method which does not require participants to be sober before making housing available to them.

Vets often don’t know they’re entitled to benefits or they’re reluctant to begin the bureaucratic horror of actually applying for them. Now, for the 60, that should all be streamlined with multiple agencies working on the same team.

“We’re going after the most vulnerable and chronically ill first,” Wildy said. “And if Project 60 works, maybe it will grow to Project 600,” she said.

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