The Haven was started in 1994 at the West Los
Angeles Veterans Affairs Healthcare Center (VAHC) as an emergency housing
program for veterans. The Haven caters to the needs of veterans, on issues such
as housing, employment, healthcare, behavioral health, substance abuse and
community integration. Every year, more than 2500 veterans are served through
our various programs.
Since veterans make up approximately one-third
of our nation's homeless population - a number expected to grow in the coming
years as a younger generation of veterans returns from active combat zones -
The Haven is committed to providing this population with housing and supportive
services. The Haven serves 2,500 veterans each year, on the campus of
the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration complex. Short-term housing is
available at the Alpha Center, and transitional housing that focuses on
substance abuse recovery is offered at Victory Place. Female veterans have
access to supportive housing at Naomi House and those who suffer with mental
illness live in the board and care facility known as Exodus Lodge.
The Haven ensures that homeless or at-risk
veterans receive housing and support services in addition to the medical care
offered by the VAHC. The Haven's components include:
Center- Provides emergency
short-term housing (1-14 days) for up to 35 veterans who move from care at the
VAHC without housing arrangements. After completing the program, veterans move
from the Alpha Center to other programs on the VAHC campus, shelter/recovery
programs in the community or to the Haven's Victory Place. Every year, more
than 2,000 veterans reside at the Alpha Center.
Place- Offers a state
licensed substance abuse treatment facility for 95 veterans. Successful
participants in the program have achieved 180 days of sobriety, full-time
employment and adequate income to support a housing option of their choice.
More than 200 veterans go through the program each year.
Lodge- Serves the needs of
90 veterans suffering from mental illness. Exodus provides emergency housing
for up to thirty days for 20 veterans, and a state-licensed board and care
program for 70 additional veterans. More than 300 veterans reside at Exodus
Lodge each year.
emergency housing, support services and a work development program for 15
Housing- Serves the
needs of 25 male veterans, age 60 and older. This program is specially designed
to address the issues and needs of homeless, senior aged veterans.
The Community Integration Program
exists to promote housing and employment stability among low-income veterans
and their families. Our program offers a
supportive environment for veterans and their families to receive services from
staff trained to help maintain housing, find affordable housing, find and
maintain stable employment and build a healthy community life that will nurture
Stability - provides
temporary financial assistance, housing counseling and advocacy, and assistance
with health care, legal aid, and obtaining VA and other benefits
- Return to Work
individualized job search and placement, resource connections to employment and
training opportunities and assistance with overcoming barriers to employment