An unacceptable amount of veterans are homeless in America. Any amount of homeless veterans (or people, for that matter) is too much. The problem is especially bad in Los Angeles, where there are hundreds of thousands of homeless people and the city was forced to call a state of emergency to handle the problem.
Thankfully, the good people at Step Up are attempting to solve the problem.
The biggest obstacle to gainful employment and safety for homeless veterans is a lack of housing. Without a steady living situation, it’s nigh on impossible to address your working situation.
Step Up is trying to address housing by refurbishing an abandoned motel and turning it into housing for homeless veterans.
The apartments are furnished, comfortable, and private. These apartments are free and available for an indefinite amount of time to any homeless person who needs them. Residencies are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.
Step Up has one apartment building already set up, but they plan to have more finished by 2017. The City of Los Angeles has also made strides to address the issue by offering incentives to any landlord who houses homeless residents on their property.
This system isn’t perfect, but it’s a definite step in the right direction.