Los Angeles Veteran & Family Stand Down

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Date(s) - December 20, 2014 - December 22, 2014
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Why Los Angeles?

Although the numbers have decreased since U.S.VETS opened its doors in 1993, Los Angeles still has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation with the latest homeless count estimating more than 6,300 veterans living on the streets. Los Angeles County remains the epicenter of homelessness in the U.S. Homeless vets account for nearly 20% of the people living on the streets and in shelters in Los Angeles. For a low-income veteran and family, attaining and maintaining affordable, stable housing is no easy achievement in Los Angeles. The overall cost of living in LA is 36% above the national average, with housing costs among the top ten most expensive in the nation.

What is the goal?

President Obama and the Department of Veteran Affairs set a national goal of ending veteran homelessness by 2015. In July, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed on to the President’s Challenge and committed to ending veteran homelessness by 2015. As the second largest U.S. city, Los Angeles is a leader in solving community issues and with the Mayor and City Council’s backing, the Stand Down will be an invaluable tool in reaching this important goal. The proposed Los Angeles Veteran & Families Stand Down will serve 2500 homeless and at-risk veterans and families in the first year and up to 5000 in the second year as LA becomes the first major American city to meet the President’s Challenge of ending homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015.


The first annual Los Angeles Veteran & Families Stand Down will be the largest ever held in the United States. This three-day event is unique amongst the many Stand Downs conducted nation-wide as it will be held inside the Los Angeles Convention Center. Its location, size and scope will be a lightning rod for national attention to the homeless veteran issue. It will operate as a dual Stand Down event for male veterans and female veterans and families. Services will be targeted to serve all populations. Technology will be implemented to streamline the registration and data collection process. All service providers will agree to work with a coordinated entry system that fast-tracks veterans and families into housing or treatment.


  • Separate Entrance for Female Veterans & Families
  • Separate Targeted Services for Female Veterans & Families
  • Separated Service Areas for Male Veterans and Female Veterans & Families
  • Shared Core Services of Dental Care, Vision Care and Legal Assistance

Services for Veterans

Services that will be provided to veterans at the Los Angeles Stand Down will include:

  • Housing Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • VA Benefits
  • VA Enrollment
  • VA Medical
  • Mental Health
  • Legal Assistance
  • Military Records
  • Dental Care
  • Public Health
  • Treatment/Counseling
  • Support Groups
  • Social Security
  • Vision Screening & Free Glasses
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Hygiene Supplies
  • Showers
  • Haircuts
  • Entertainment
  • And more…

The Los Angeles Veteran and Families Stand Down will be a model of collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Service providers will include federal, state, city and county governments as well as local nonprofit partners from across LA County and the South Bay.

Many goods and services will be needed to fully support the Stand Down. Whenever possible, in-kind  donations for products and services will be aggressively pursued to keep costs down, and to expand the community awareness and support for our veterans.

Partners & Service Providers

The following list represents those who have already expressed support and commitment to making the Los Angeles Veteran & Families Stand Down happen. This list is a small sample of the anticipated broad support.

  • LA Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • LA City Councilman Curren Price
  • Weingart Center Association
  • Goodwill Southern California
  • Volunteers of America – Los Angeles
  • AEG
  • USC School of Dentistry
  • Angels for Sight
  • Team AMVETS
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System
  • VA Long Beach Healthcare System
  • LA County Dept. of Military & Veteran Affairs
  • California Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • Legal Aid Foundation of LA & LA County Bar Association

Service Provider Registration

Register to be a Service Provider


Opportunities will be available for businesses and community agencies. If you are unable to become a sponsor at this time, please consider making a donation to the Stand Down.


All volunteer positions for the Stand Down have been filled. For more information how you can contribute to the Stand Down as a donor or sponsor, please contact Nancy Wolf at 310.744.6501 or LAStandDown@gmail.com.

Click here to download the Stand Down Flyer

Like the Stand Down on Facebook at facebook.com/LAStandDown

Showing 6 comments
  • Oliver Jahizi

    Looking forward to presenting at the Stand Down Event! Please feel free to check out our website – We are interested in setting up a booth

  • Nancy W

    The doors will open at 6 AM on Saturday, December 20th

  • rudiger hinz

    If you run out of volunteers I live in Buena Park and would be willing to help in any capacity. I’ve volunteered in the Long Beach V.A. for five years. I’m a sixty five year old Vietnam vet and know how to talk to other vets. Good luck with the stand down.

  • Edund Rocha

    Im very interested semper fi!!!

  • Patrick Taylor

    I found myself as a homeless veteran after i was diagnosed with a neurological disorder Called Chiari Malformation 1. I had a 9 hour emergency brain surgery and released not knowing the world i once knew. Everything i owned was stolen from me to include my wheel chair and medications. Antoinette Balta and Public Law Center changed that for me. (My viedo on YouTube “Public law center 2013 case of Patrick Taylor” please view it) I’ve survived 19 surgeries now 29 epidurals two of which where life changing brain surgeries. Now i battle the VA Social Security for benefits which i paid into. For over 2 years and 6 months i plead with the pharmaceutical network at the LBVA for Botox treatments which in the past have proven to aid with the migraines i live with dispite that every Doctor i see perscribes Botox the system denies me.

    I dearly need a dentist and my teeth are worth saving but is costs way more than i can afford. I’m not looking for anything extra or anything i havent earned. Having served 9yrs 10months and 11 days it paines me to find the where-with-all to battle all the systems after these brain surgeries. It’s far easier to turn to the streets and drugs and live a life of the underbelly of society than it is to continue this arduous nonstop battle with the system i once swore to defend. I will never be done and i will always need guidance and help from all the wonderful people whom do. I’m not a waist of human flesh and my resolve though weak is worth rebuilding. But why is it so easy to gravitate towards the dark side rather than doing what i know is the right thing to do?

    Upon us rolls Christmas and i know i will have a place to lay my acheing brain far better than the cold unforgiving cement i recovered from brain and spine surgeries on. I may be alone i may even be hungery i will feel it continues to be hopeless because the system is far bigger than i. It’s the people who represents the system that make the difference. It’s the tears of pain that they hold back and the smiles of acceptance when i atest my story that keep hope alive. Without the outreach workers numerious volunteers Doctors that care, all overworked and underpaid that i cast my hope for a better day. These profesionals and volunteers are my resolve as mien is burned up. I learned to place my trust in them and let the remainder be handled By Almighty GOD.


  • Demetrious Nicklos Kassitas

    Thank you in advance

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