Veterans – Transitional Housing Program
The Weingart Center is proud to operate one of the most comprehensive programs for homeless veterans in Los Angeles. We not only provide veterans with housing for up to two years, but also offer them a wide array of supportive services to help them find employment and lead productive, self-sufficient lives.
When they leave the service, today’s veterans are finding it more and more difficult to return to the civilian world. During their tour, the military provided stability and a strict schedule; once back on US soil, service men and women are faced with uncertainty and lack of structure that makes reintegration difficult. Even with some benefits available, many veterans are “welcomed” back with next to nothing.
Representing a shocking 1 in every 5 homeless men and women, veterans are also more likely to suffer from mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. These challenges are often accompanied by (and sometimes lead to) alcoholism and drug addiction. At the Weingart Center, nearly 75% of the veterans we serve are “dual-diagnosed” with both physical and mental disabilities. While many perceive homeless vets as having too many obstacles preventing them from overcoming homelessness, the Weingart Center welcomes them and works diligently to ensure that they have every opportunity for success.
Referred to the Weingart Center by the Department of Veterans Affairs, our veterans are assigned a case manager who helps craft an individualized service plan so that they can secure permanent housing, manage their budgets (each client is required to save 75% of their earnings and benefits), attend job club trainings, and assertively pursue employment.
As part of a national plan to eliminate Veteran homelessness, the Department of Veterans Affairs funds several transitional housing programs like the one at the Weingart Center. This program offers:
- Housing Services: Shelter, safety, three hot meals a day, hygiene supplies, clothing, and Life Skills classes
- Case Management: Individualized Service Plan, benefits enrollment assistance, family reunification, and financial literacy
- Clinical Services: On-site or through VA
- Recreation: Veterans Day luncheon, holiday parties, Al-impics
Click here to donate to our Veteran’s Transitional Housing Program.
For more information about Veterans Transitional Housing, please call us at (213) 689-2127.