Southern California Program

Volunteers of America

Los Angeles, CA
$150,000
December 2014

Blue Butterflies (BB) is a 76-unit townhouse complex in San Pedro acquired by Volunteers of America of Los Angeles (VOALA) as part of a Navy base reuse process.  The conveyance of the property to VOALA by the Navy requires that it be utilized to provide housing and supportive services to the homeless.  VOALA decided to target homeless women veterans and their children for permanent housing and services on the site.  The location is serene, which is ideal for these women, many of whom are suffering the effects of military sexual trauma, and their children.  The overall goal is to assist these families regain their dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.  At any one time, 74 women and up to 100 children will receive comprehensive services.  BB is also intended to be a model nationally for how to respond to the challenges faced by women veterans, especially for those at risk of homelessness among the more than 60,000 women veterans who will discharge from the military in the next five years.  A W. M. Keck Foundation grant will support renovation.

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