Project 60 receives this year's Home For Good Partnership Award!

Project 60 receives this year's Home For Good Partnership Award!

At this year’s Home For Good Summit, Project 60 received the Partnership Award for forging a new and powerful partnership to end homelessness!

Over 9,000 veterans are homeless in Los Angeles County on any given night. In 2011, Project 60 launched and aims to house the 60 most vulnerable military veterans on the streets. Here are the 5 big things to know about Project 60:

  • This project spawns new cooperation among key players: The Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with federal, County, and City officials as well as nonprofit organizations to house the 60 of the most vulnerable homeless veterans in 2 years.

  • It plans to house and support the most vulnerable veterans in Hollywood, Santa Monica, Van Nuys and Venice. Each community has identified those veterans most likely to die on the streets.

  • Four nonprofit organizations, Ocean Park Community Center, St. Joseph Center, Step Up on Second, and San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center will help identify and treat homeless veterans.

  • This model gives chronically homeless veterans a permanent home with services including medical treatment, mental health counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and job training.

  • It employs the Housing First approach, where permanent housing is the first, critical priority, and individuals are provided the supportive services they need once they’re stabilized in permanent housing.

To read an LA Times’ article on Project 60, click here. Steve Lopez also wrote a great piece in on it in his 2011 column.


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