The VA has a strategy for delivering 1,200 homes at the VA West LA campus for veterans and their families. Last Friday, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System announced a proposal to enter into a 75-year lease with a principal developer in order to develop 1,200 homes for homeless veterans at the VA West LA campus and build a real veteran community. If done right, this is a big deal. A principal developer strategy is the only one that makes sense to deliver the full ambition of the Draft Master Plan. This would deliver veterans and their families more housing, more quickly. This would help restore the VA West LA campus to its original purpose as a Soldiers Home. This could help put an end to the national disgrace of 4,828 veterans living on the streets in Los Angeles. This could set a precedent in America for how we treat veterans and their families.
Calls to Action:
- Attend public hearing on Thurs, April 26th from 5:30-7:00pm on VA West LA Medical Center, Building 500, Room 1281 —> click here to RSVP via Eventbrite. Expecting strong opposition from local groups, including Brentwood HOA. Need to mobilize supporters at the hearing.
- Send written public comment no later than 5pm PST on April 23rd. Please send to Mr. Erik Gutierrez, Acting Chief Communications, 11301 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90073 or Erik.Gutierrez [at] va.gov (email: ) or complete the online public comment form by clicking here.
- Submit a letter of support from your organization via email to Jesse Creed at jesse [at] vatherightway.org. Vets Advocacy will collect and send in bulk.