The People's Guide

35th Edition 2013-2014

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27 The People's Guide 2013-2014 Veterans Veterans and their family members may be eligible for income, health care, housing, and other services. INCOME The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has two income benefits for veterans. 1. Service-Connected Compensation pro- vides a monthly income to veterans with a physical or mental health con- dition that is related to their military service. The amount of Compensation depends on the severity of the medical condition, and ranges from $129 to $2,816 per month. 2. Non-Service-Connected Pension pro- vides a monthly income to wartime veterans who are low-income and either 65 years or older or totally disabled. The amount of Pension is $1,038. Veterans with dependents can get more Compensation and Pension. NOTE: If you served during wartime and are receiving less than $1,038 in Social Security or SSI benefits, you should ap- ply for Non-Service-Connected Pension benefits. Veterans HEALTHCARE If you served in the military, you may qualify for VA health care benefits. Certain veterans receive prioritized health care from VA Medical Facilities and Vet Centers. Low-income veterans may receive free or low-cost VA health care. HOUSING Permanent Housing - The VA has limited HUD- VASH vouchers for homeless veter- ans. If you have a VASH voucher, you can move into permanent housing and the VA will pay a portion of your rent. Rental Assistance – If you are facing eviction or are homeless and need help- ing moving into permanent housing, the Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program (SSVF) may help. SSVF pro- vides financial assistance and supportive services to low-income veterans and their families. Call "211" for the SSVF nearest you. Temporary Housing – There are many Grant Per Diem Programs (GPD) that of- fer free, temporary housing for veterans. Many programs have social and health services. Call "211" for the GPD Program nearest you. OTHER SERVICES The VA has other programs that assist veterans and their families, like Education, Vocational Rehabilitation, Life Insurance, Burial Assistance, Survivors Benefits, and more. FOR MORE INFORMATION For more information, visit or contact the VA Los Angeles Regional Office Intake Site at: Federal Building, 11000 Wilshire Blvd., LA, CA 90024 Phone: 800-827-1000 Veteran Service Organizations: Disabled American Veterans- Department of California 13733 E. Rosecreans Ave. Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 Phone: 562-404-1266 Filipino Veterans Association 2615 S. Grand Ave, LA, CA 90007 Phone: 213-744-4826 Jewish War Veterans 2615 S. Grand Ave., Rm. 100 LA, CA 90007 (888) 489-2778 General Relief ("GR") is a Los Angeles County program that helps people who are not eligible for any other programs and have almost no money. GR is a very limited program with many requirements. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services ("DPSS") administers the GR program. General Relief AM I ELEGIBLE 1. Residence To qualify for GR, you must reside in L.A. County for at least 15 days and intend to remain here permanently. 2. If you are stranded If you are stranded here from another state or county, and want to return, ask for aid to return to your legal residence when you apply. Someone, such as a relative, must confirm that you reside in the county or state to which you want to return. If you have used this help within the last year, you cannot use it again. If you are eligible, DPSS will give you emergency housing and meal vouchers until transportation is arranged. DPSS will also provide you a food allowance for your trip home. 3. Cash and Resource Limits You cannot have more than $50 total in cash or in a bank account when you ap- ply. However, you can own the following resources: • One car worth less than $4,500 • Necessary household furnishings • The house you live in if the market value is assessed at no more than $34,000. If you live with your spouse, his or her in- come will be counted in deciding if you are eligible, unless your spouse receives SSI.

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