More than 3,000 people attended U.S.VETS Stand Down, held at the L.A.Convention Center December 20-22.
The first annual Los Angeles Stand Down brought a huge array of services all under one roof – from haircuts and clothing to housing and employment help.
Los Angeles 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 and in shelters.
Over 3,200 people attended the three-day event that aimed to give homeless and at-risk veterans a hand up, rather than a hand out. The ultimate goal of the stand down is to help veterans get off the streets and into stable housing.
“This is just the start,” said Ivan Mason, Executive Director of U.S.VETS – Los Angeles. “We are really trying to find the chronically homeless and the chronically mentally ill. We are looking, at the end of this, at how many of those individuals we can put into permanent housing.”
U.S.VETS would like to thank the many organizations that helped make the Los Angeles Stand Down possible, including California Department of Veterans Affairs, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, LA City Councilman Curren Price, Bank of America, and the Weingart Center for the Homeless, among many others.