Veterans Housing

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California Veterans Resource Book Ch. 6: Housing
Chapter 6 of the California Veterans Resource Book covers the various housing assistance services veterans may be eligible for, such as home loans, domiciliary care, and homeless centers.

Federal Benefits and Programs

USDVA Home Loans
The USDVA provides a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help service members and veterans buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for personal occupancy. USDVA Home Loans are provided by private lenders, such as banks, mortgage companies, and CalVet Home Loans (a state agency). USDVA guarantees a portion of the loan, enabling the lender to provide more favorable terms.

Through a cooperative partnership, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs Supported Housing (HUD-VASH) program provides long-term case management, supportive services, and permanent housing support. HUD provides “Housing Choice” Section 8 vouchers designated for HUD-VASH to participating public housing authorities to assist with rent payment.

USDVA Homeless Veterans Resources
The USDVA is committed to ending homelessness among Veterans through a threefold approach:

1.Conducting coordinated outreach to proactively seek out Veterans in need of assistance.
2.Connecting homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutions, health care, community employment services and other required supports.
3.Collaborating with federal, state and local agencies; employers; housing providers, faith-based and community nonprofits; and others to expand employment and affordable housing options for Veterans exiting homelessness.

Los Angeles USDVA Homeless Coordinator
Every USDVA Medical Center has a Homeless Veterans Coordinator responsible for helping veterans experiencing homelessness access USDVA and community-based care, conducting outreach, case management, referrals to benefits counselors, linkage to health care, and housing assistance. To contact the Homeless Coordinator for Los Angeles, call (213) 253-2677, ext. 34453.

Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans
Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans is designed to provide state-of-the- art, high-quality residential rehabilitation and treatment services for veterans with multiple and severe medical conditions, mental illness, addiction, or psychosocial deficits.

Homeless Veteran Supported Employment
The Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program provides vocational assistance, job development and placement, and ongoing support to improve employment outcomes among homeless veterans and veterans at risk of homelessness. Formerly homeless veterans who have been trained as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists provide these services.

Compensated Work Therapy
The Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) program is comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.

State/Local Benefits and Programs

CalVet Home Loans
CalVet offers a home loan benefit for veterans who want to purchase a home and live in California. The CalVet home loan benefits package includes low fees, low rates, low to no down payments, flexible guidelines, a comprehensive home protection plan, and other benefits aimed at facilitating the home ownership process for California veterans. Most honorably discharged veterans and active duty service members are eligible.

Veterans Homes of California
CalVet operates eight Veterans Homes located throughout the state. The Veterans Homes provide residential and long-term care services in a home-like environment that promotes dignity and features individualized care. Residents enjoy enriched activity opportunities including social events, dances, patriotic programs, volunteer activities, arts and crafts, computer access, shopping trips, and other on/off-site activities. 

Click HERE for information on the West Los Angeles Veterans Home.

Veterans Housing and Homelessness Prevention Program
The VHHP program is a collaboration between the California Department of Veterans Affairs, the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the California Housing Finance Agency to provide voter-approved Proposition 41 general obligation bond financing for the development of affordable and supportive multifamily rental housing for veterans experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or who have low income.

Stand Downs
Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events organized by community- based veterans services organizations and nonprofit organizations, with cooperation from a variety of state, federal, and private agencies. Stand Downs provide vital services for veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings, benefits counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services like housing, employment, and substance abuse treatment.

U.S. VETS – Inglewood
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The United States Veterans Initiative (U.S.VETS) is the nation’s largest non-profit provider of services to veterans facing challenges in their transition to civilian life. In addition to permanent and transitional housing, U.S. VETS—Inglewood also offers counseling and employment services.

CalFresh Food Stamps
The CalFresh Program, formerly known as Food Stamps and federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods at many markets and food stores.

City of Inglewood Affordable Housing
The Affordable Housing Division is responsible for administering affordable housing programs, including affordable housing development, preservation, and monitoring of the existing units. Visit the webpage above for information on affordable housing opportunities, including Section 8 Housing.

Homeless Shelter Directory
A listing of homeless shelters and other services in the Inglewood and Greater Los Angeles area.