Dozens of veterans gathered to obtain a HUD-VASH voucher during the Veteran Stand Down event hosted by the VA of Greater Los Angeles. HACLA staff conducted interviews on-site to provide a one-stop-shop for obtaining a voucher on the day of the Stand Down.
Last month, Mayor Eric Garcetti declared LA’s “sate of emergency” on homelessness, committing $100 million to address the issue. In his speech, Mayor Garcetti recognized Douglas Guthrie, HACLA’s President and CEO for cutting through the red tape and applauded HACLA’s staff for their commitment to issue vouchers in one day; the process of obtaining a voucher typically takes between 30 and 60 days. HACLA is determined to support Mayor Garcetti’s initiative and continue its efforts to help end veteran homelessness in Los Angeles.
After the event, Mr. Guthrie met a woman in a wheelchair, a former sergeant in the army. She talked about her challenges, living in and out of shelters for the past 18 months and that the VASH voucher would save her life. She was overcome by the kindness and helpfulness of the HACLA staff. “This is a reminder that we are making a difference in people’s lives and that is what really matters. HACLA’s staff is committed to doing everything we can to make a difference one person at a time,” shared Douglas Guthrie.
The honorable speakers included: Mayor Eric Garcetti, Vincent Kane, special assistant to VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald and Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and retired United States Navy admiral. Some of the services that were provided during the Stand Down include: hot meals, counseling services, clothing, legal assistance, hot showers, housing assistance, veteran benefits, substance-abuse counseling, medical services and much more.
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