The VA Used to House 5,000 Veterans, Now Less than 100, With Est. 10,000 Homeless Veterans Living on the Streets or in Vehicles in Southern California
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This Year it is “Grab and Go”. No Sit Down Dinners by Order of Governor
Three of our great Hollywood Churches will be giving out thousands of Dinners during the Day. Because of the Pandemic, no sit down dinners will be possible. .Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Hundreds of Lunch Bags Sent on Veteran’s Day
Special bags were made for Veteran’s Day and they were stuffed with food. The Hollywood Food Coalition has hundreds of folks donating their time to help veterans, homeless, and other poor folks through this pandemic. Delivery to the Drop Zone at the V.A. by Uncle Paulie and Miss Julie. Homeless veterans are camped around the VA and on the grass of the property sleeping in tents. Meanwhile, the V.A. has several empty buildings on the property that could be used to house veterans.
Free Boxed Fruits & Vegetables
Every Thursday at about 10:00 am folks can get in line at the YMCA and pick up a box of fresh vegetables and fruit. The address is the Mid Valley YMCA at 6901 Lennox Ave. (Near cross-street of Vanowen), Van Nuys 91405. Their phone number for information is 818-989-3800. They have both a drive up line and a walk up line. Suggest you get in line around 9:30am.
Thanks to our food coordinator Judy for this tip.
Homeless Encampment At Los Angeles V.A. is Expanding
School Kids, West Hollywood Food Coalition Send Love and Sandwiches to
by Uncle Paulie
The school kids of Los Angeles, working with the West Hollywood Food Coalition made over 3,000 sandwich bags for Memorial Weekend. We helped to distribute by taking a portion of the bags out to the Westwood Veteran’s Administration encampment. There are additional thousands of veterans living under bridges and on the streets of Los Angeles in other places. We implore the VA to provide some basic sanitary equipment here. It would be good to move them all onto the lawn, get bathrooms, showers, wash stations set up. Provide trash service and other basic necessities. Good citizens have stepped up and donated large tents for the veterans to live in until some housing becomes available. Please share this information and contact the VA and ask them to get off the dime had help these folks out.
Homeless Veterans Camping at the Westwood V.A. Need Basic Serivices: Water, Porta Potties, Showers, Trash Pick Up. Billions in Defense Budget But Zero for Homeless Vets.
by Uncle Paulie
Hundreds of Veterans Living in Tents at Westwood VA Facility
by Uncle Paulie
As our last video showed, hundreds of veterans are living in tents, both on and off the VA Facility in Westwood A group of Old Veterans Guard has been collecting donations and putting up nice tents for those in need. Our trip this week, with a carload of food, was interesting as there are even more tents on the inside and outside of the property than we saw on our trip last week. Those on the outside are not allowed in to use the washing or bathroom facilities. Conditions almost rival that of some battlefield situations where you at least would get food, water and rotation out. The veterans have organized their camp on the outside, and keeping it as clean as possible, removing trash, etc. They are doing the best they can.
We picked up a load of bagged sandwiches from the West Hollywood Food Coalition and the Salvation Army. These are complete lunches made by high school students and concerned parents. The official food banks are running low on food according to our information. A group we volunteer with, Earth Harmony Foundation, has seen it’s food donations fall by about 80% from the markets that donate “expired food”. The government food chain is tottering, and hopefully will not collapse, as thousands of folks depend on it. Here’s our video below, we hope to put up an interview with the Veterans in the next few days. Video by Julie Webster.