Veterans

Los Angeles is home to the highest concentration of military veterans in the country, and the City plays a critical role in connecting them with services and support. In 2013, Mayor Garcetti created the Office of Veterans Affairs — the first in the City of Los Angeles since World War II — to work collaboratively with government agencies and community based organizations, and advocate for veterans across the region.


In 2018, the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs expanded its scope to work with regional military leadership — including the LA Air Force Base, the USCG base in San Pedro, the Governor’s Military Council, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Guard — to tackle issues from disaster preparedness to key infrastructure projects.

This page serves as a portal for our veterans to find housing, employment, medical benefits and mental health services. We also encourage veterans to contact our Veterans Affairs Team at mayor.veterans@lacity.org.

Housing Our Heroes. No one who wore our country’s uniform should be sleeping on our streets. That’s why the City of Los Angeles is working tirelessly to place veterans into permanent housing. Since Mayor Garcetti took office, the City has housed more than 11,000 veterans. In 2018 alone, there was an 18% drop in the number of homeless veterans on our streets.

New Directions offers a range of services for veterans, including housing placement, substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training, as well as parenting and money management classes.

PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) helps  homeless veterans successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own.

  • West LA VA

The West LA VA recently announced the selection of a master developer at its campus which will provide 1,200 units of affordable housing for our city’s veteran community. Read more here.

  • HACLA

The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) offers a range of programs for veterans, including HUD-Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) vouchers, which help house homeless veterans and their families by combining Section 8 rental assistance vouchers with case management and clinical services provided by the VA. If you are ready to buy a home, the VA home loan program or the CalVet Home Loans are available to help finance veterans’ future.


Employment opportunities and transition skills.

The men and women who served our country in uniform should come home to opportunity, not obstacles. Veterans are some of our hardest-working, most qualified people — and they should have every chance to succeed in the workplace, and make a living for themselves and their families.

That’s why, in 2014, Mayor Garcetti launched the 10,000 Strong veterans hiring initiative, and pledged to connect 10,000 veterans to gainful employment. By working with local non-profits, City WorkSource Centers, and the Employment Development Department, the initiative helps companies identify highly qualified veterans and fill open positions. The effort also assists veterans with job training geared toward helping them transition military skills to the civilian workforce.

After developing partnerships with more than 100 private and public employers — from SpaceX to LA Metro — the City surpassed its goal in 2017, and has now connected more than 10,800 veterans with jobs.

If you are a veteran interested in a new career, contact: mayor.veterans@lacity.org


Other resources include:

CDI has a full-time presence at Patriotic Hall, and works with the Salvation Army, Jewish Vocational Services, Goodwill, and Volunteers of America to place veterans in careers within high growth sectors. They offer supportive services, free training for specific fields, and assistance with work expenses associated with tools, equipment, and uniforms.

The City of Los Angeles has 16 WorkSource Centers dedicated to providing resources for veterans to receive free education, training, career counseling and other support services to get a competitive edge in the labor market.

Veteran Employment Program advisors offer skills assessments, one-on-one career counseling, employment preparation courses, educational and technical skills classes, and work tools -- as well as a host of other partner services including shelter and housing assistance, transportation assistance, medical and dental health services, mental health and substance abuse counseling, Veterans Benefits Assistance and more.

Hire Heroes USA partners with organizations to provide employment workshops and career training opportunities for veterans, and prepares transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses for their civilian job search. Services for veterans include: resume writing guidance, networking, and interview practice.

JVS helps all military veterans with a special focus on post-911 veterans by providing professional career coaching, assessments to identify transferable skills, training in high growth career sectors, plus job placement assistance. Participants connect with other veterans through the program’s networking groups, workshops and events. The Veterans First team also provides referrals to maximize veterans’ benefits, services and training opportunities.

 

An active community for veterans.  In 2014, Mayor Garcetti established the Military Veterans Advisory Council, which advises his administration on issues affecting the military community —from homelessness to employment for veterans. MVAC members are all residents of Los Angeles who have served or had a family member serve in the United States Armed Forces, and serve as leaders in the military community.

 

Supporting veterans in crisis. If you are a service member or veteran in crisis or you’re concerned about one, there are specially trained responders ready to help you, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The Veterans Crisis Line connects callers with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text-messaging service.

 

The Veterans Crisis Line

  • Dial 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone.

  • Send a text message to 838255 to connect with a VA responder.

  • Start a confidential online chat session at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.

 

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH),  is the largest county-operated mental health department in the United States. Each year, the County contracts with close to 1,000 organizations and individual practitioners to provide a variety of mental health-related services.

Los Angeles County Mental Health Help 24/7

 

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services

Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services provides free mental health, substance use disorder and suicide prevention services. For more information about Didi Hirsch’s services, please call Centralized Intake at 888-807-7250. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. https://didihirsch.org/