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Step Up | Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH)
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VETERANS AFFAIRS SUPPORTIVE HOUSING (VASH)

Ending homelessness for Veterans through
permanent supportive housing,
vocational opportunities, and supportive services.

Step Up provides its three pillars of support for Veteran members through its Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program.

The VASH program currently serves more than 200 Veterans. The VASH team helps Los Angeles Veterans move from the streets, shelters, and transitional housing into permanent supportive housing. They provide Veterans with street outreach, engagement, help with benefits enrollment, and making appointments with the Los Angeles Housing Authority (LAHSA), and through this process a trusted partnership develops. Once housed, the Step Up VASH team then continues to provide supportive mental and physical health services and Life Skills programs for Veterans in “scattered site” units and in each of its Step Up communities in Santa Monica, Hollywood and on-site at Building 209 on the West LA VA campus. In July of 2017, 54 of these Veterans moved into Building 209, Step Up’s permanent supportive housing development on the West LA VA Campus. VASH has a team of staff working directly with the Veterans from an office in the same building to support their transition from the streets to a permanent home.

 

For more information on Step Up’s VASH program contact:

Rebecca Ricci – [email protected] or (323) 499-2650 x2109

An Important Message from Step Up

Dear Supporters, Volunteers and Trusted Community Partners,

We wanted to take a moment to let you know Step Up is actively monitoring the COVID-19 status in the communities we work. We are relieved to report that as of this writing, there have been no reported cases of COVID-19 in the Step Up Community. Step Up is taking measures to both protect employees' health and welfare, and to advance its critical mission to serve its most at-risk members. During this time, members will continue to need our support and we expect to continue to provide the exemplary level of support and services we have become known for in our community.

In an abundance of caution, Step Up is taking the following immediate steps to curtail the spread of the virus and to keep its staff, members and volunteers as safe and as healthy as possible during this period of unknown impact:

  • All volunteer activities at all sites are halted for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Managers are empowered to work with staff to curtail activities that may put them or members at risk. This includes the possibility of remote work when feasible, phone or telehealth meetings with members as necessary, avoiding transporting members in personal or company vehicles - the advancement of our mission is paramount;
  • Program staff will be trained on how to utilize company phone apps to effectively communicate with members and each other as necessary;
  • We have asked staff if they or an immediate family member is experiencing flu-like symptoms, to not report to any office location, contact their manager on how to proceed, and seek medical attention immediately.

While many public and private spaces have curtailed operations for the time being, Step Up will remain operational and will continue serving its clients. Again, it is important to note that NO ONE IN THE STEP UP COMMUNITY HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19. Our goal is to keep it that way for as long as possible.

Please contact us by email or phone before coming to one of our locations. Support from our community is especially vital now as operations are re-aligned to adhere to our mission while keeping staff, members and volunteers safe. Please consider making a donation as we work through this difficult time. Your contributions in any amount ensure that Step Up will continue serving our most vulnerable neighbors, who are especially vulnerable during this community health crisis. Do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Stay safe and healthy,
Tod Lipka
President & CEO