Mayor Eric Garcetti today announced that the Los Angeles area will receive more than $15 million from the first round of Proposition 41 grant returns.
"We will not stop fighting until every veteran in Los Angeles has access to an affordable, stable housing option." said Mayor Garcetti. "I refuse to leave Angelenos on the margins, unable to afford a place to live. These grants will help us repay veterans for their service with housing, disability benefit advocacy, and health care. This is a long fight, but it's one I am determined to win."
Five projects across Los Angeles, from Skid Row and East L.A. to Crenshaw, will receive funding.
A second round of awards will be available this fall, providing additional opportunities to apply for and receive funds for the acquisition, construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of affordable multifamily housing for L.A.'s veterans and their families.
Mayor Garcetti campaigned in support of Proposition 41, which passed in 2014 and will make $600 million available to expand housing options for veterans, allowing homeless veterans and their families who struggle with disabilities and unemployment to access safe, decent, affordable places to live.
The Mayor also partnered with Governor Jerry Brown to help educate local developers and service providers about how to apply and compete for Prop 41 funding.
Between January 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015, Los Angeles housed 3,960 homeless veterans.