Nonprofit Converts Los Angeles Motels into Housing for Homeless Veterans


Los Angeles (KABC) – Many veterans are aware that the struggles of post-military life lead them to homelessness.

About 3,900 of Los Angeles County’s more than 66,000 homeless people are U.S. veterans, according to the latest data on homelessness in 2020.

Efforts are being made to help these vets by renovating unused hotels.

For example, the Center Lake Hotel in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles has been nearly empty for three years.

However, work is underway to transform the building into a 137-unit apartment complex for homeless veterans.

Tod Lipka, CEO of the nonprofit Step Up Second Street, says it is one of three motels in town that has been converted into a long-term shelter for homeless veterans.

“It’s a permanent home for veterans,” he said. “They can borrow and live here for the rest of their lives. “

The Home Depot nonprofit gave a boost with a donation of $ 400,000.

According to Lipka, the success rate for step-ups is 97%, keeping homeless veterans in their homes for at least a year. Even though there are thousands of them on the streets, he hopes this will be a long-term solution for at least some of them.

The project will be completed in 2 months.

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