The New Directions for Veterans mission is to empower men and women who served in the military, and their families, to lead productive and fulfilling lives.
Since 1992, New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) has provided comprehensive services to thousands of veterans in Los Angeles County. Founded by two formerly homeless Vietnam veterans and a local advocate for homeless persons, NDVets initially operated out of a five-bedroom home serving eight homeless Vietnam War veterans. We now operate four Transitional Housing Programs, a rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention program called Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF), and four Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) facilities in Los Angeles County, with additional projects in the pipeline.
NDVets offers a wide array of services. These include substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement, as well as parenting and money management classes. Legal and tax assistance are available, as is an active aftercare program and resources for alumni. Veterans leave NDVets with a savings account, housing, a job or other income, computer skills, renewed self-confidence and the support of mentors and peers. We are actively part of a national commitment via the Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act to end veteran homelessness by 2015. In 2015, we served more than 1,200 veterans and their family members and provided permanent housing to more than 250 veterans through our PSH facilities and voucher-based rental assistance.