LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday a $30 million award for nonprofit agencies dealing with homeless veterans in the Los Angeles area.

VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said the grant program is effective “because it allows VA staff and local homeless service providers to work together to effectively address the unique challenges that make it difficult for some veterans and their families to remains stably housed.”

The three-year grant will go toward private, nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that provide services to very low-income veteran families living in – or transitioning to – permanent housing.

Los Angeles County has more than 4,200 homeless veterans, the most in the nation. Mayor Eric Garcetti has promised to house every homeless veteran in the city by the end of the year, part of a national effort led by the Obama administration to get those who served off the streets.

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