Los Angeles land to be used for veterans, not businesses

Jan 28, 2016 6:49 PM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The federal government has released a plan to build nearly 2,000 apartments to house chronically homeless veterans in West Los Angeles.

The master plan announced Thursday was created to settle a lawsuit that contended the Department of Veterans Affairs was ignoring the plight of disabled and traumatized vets by leasing its 400-acre health campus for non-vet activities.

The property has held a sports stadium, a hotel laundry and a film studio storage lot.

The new plan, which needs federal approval, will build 1,200 permanent and 700 short-term housing units. It also would provide mental health and other treatment and support centers to help keep troubled vets from becoming homeless.

Los Angeles County has the nation's largest homeless vet population, at around 5,000.

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