Los Angeles VA provides tiny shelters for homeless veterans – NBC Los Angeles


Small Pallet shelters built specifically for homeless veterans, with a bed, air conditioning and most of all – privacy – was shipped to West Los Angeles.

The Greater Los Angeles Veterans Health Care System has added more than 25 shelters to its West LA campus in the Brentwood area.

They aren’t actually made from pallet wood – that’s the name of the company behind the construction.

The idea to add the tiny 8ft by 8ft shelters actually came from the vets themselves.

“A lot of them had heard of other ‘little house’ communities that were all over LA and they said, ‘Why can’t we do that here? said Chanin Santini, VA program supervisor.

The units cost around $ 10,000 each to build.

The VA connects homeless veterans directly with the program and does outreach to connect them with housing options.

Each unit has fire safety equipment, a bed with mattress and heating.

The veterans were assigned to units Thursday. As part of the program, veterans also receive medical and behavioral health services.

The ultimate goal is to place veterans in permanent housing while using the pallet shelters as a temporary home.

The structures remove a layer of anxiety for the people who live there. They can feel safe.

“Then you focus your attention on case management, navigating housing, getting a job,” said Brandon Bills, spokesperson for Pallet.

Mini-houses are reserved for “high risk” veterans, such as people with disabilities, transgender people or women.

The units were assembled quickly after a major cleanup of a makeshift tent village along San Vicente was due to take place this week.

The skiploaders moved on Monday and the last of some 70 homeless veterans had to be moved into VA property.

“Our average stay is about 30 days there. Then they move on to other types of accommodation,” said Robert Mckenrick of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I am very grateful to have a place to live,” said Douglas Steven Bue, an Army veteran.

Bue is one of the vets who had been out on that sidewalk, but he didn’t opt ​​for a small shelter.

“It’s just too small,” he said.

He has a tent, and while on campus, he has access to VA medical care, case managers, social workers, showers, toilets, and security.


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