At a ceremony held yesterday, the Department of Veterans Affairs marked the addition of more affordable and permanent supportive housing to the VA West Los Angeles campus.

Buildings 205 and 208, which are restored historic structures, feature a combined total of 120 apartments - all reserved for formerly homeless and at-risk veterans. The apartments are accompanied by amenities and common spaces including a computer room, a fitness room, laundry facilities, and on-site offices for staff.

Shangri-La Construction developed and built the project under a long-term ground lease, while Step-Up on Second is providing supportive services.

Move-ins to the apartments began in April.

Ribbon cutting ceremonyOffice of Councilmember Traci Park

“With these new buildings, 120 Veterans who are experiencing homelessness or at-risk of homelessness will have a safe, stable place to call home – and there’s nothing more important than that,” said Tanya Bradsher, VA’s Chief of Staff in a news release. “But there is much more work to do. We at VA will not rest until we end Veteran homelessness, in Los Angeles and all across America.”

Completion of Buildings 205 and 208 follows just one month after the debut of Building 207, which features 59 apartments for formerly unhoused veterans. The VA has also entered into lease agreements which are expected to bring 264 additional units of permanent supportive housing to the campus through 2025 and 2025.

Those apartments are a sign of things to come. Legislation signed into law last year could bring $350 million in funding for housing at the West Los Angeles VA Campus, where plans call for at least 1,200 supportive housing units to be built by 2030.

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