In 2015, homelessness in Los Angeles escalated to such an overwhelming level that the city declared a state of emergency. Among the hundreds of thousands of homeless individuals, many were veterans who had courageously fought for their country before ending up on the streets.
The hardships of war don't always end when a soldier returns home. Many servicemen and women suffer from lasting trauma, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), mental illness, substance abuse, and/or physical disability. These make reintegration pretty tough for veterans, and sadly, many end up homeless and without familial or social support.
With this ever-growing problem that cannot be ignored, nonprofits like Step Up are vigorously working to ensure that the country's heroes at least have a roof over their heads.
Thanks to the city and steadfast nonprofits that are dedicating their time and efforts to helping this tremendous cause, the number of homeless veterans has decreased by 30% in the past year.
There are many ways to help veterans get back on their feet, but an essential step is to ensure that they have proper shelter and are not left on the streets. Step Up, a nonprofit organization, has been realizing this goal by converting old motels into housing for veterans.
These apartments provide veterans with a cozy, comfortable dwelling that offers privacy and a sense of independence.
They are hoping that these housing units will be ready for residents by 2017.
Step Up On Vine is one of the apartment complexes that has already been completed and has been successful in relieving veterans of homelessness. It offers tenants an unlimited stay for as long as they need on a first come, first serve basis.
The city is also encouraging other landlords to offer housing to the homeless through incentives, with the hopes that this will drastically decline the homeless population. While that may be a while away, these commendable efforts are a critical first step to eliminating the homelessness problem in the city - and, hopefully, in the country.
Be sure to SHARE this incredible mission with your friends and family!