Southern California has the largest number of homeless veterans in the country, but the V.A. campus will soon provide housing.
“It’s a true reflection of the power of the community coming together to do what’s right for veterans,” said Robert McDonald, secretary of Veterans Affairs.
The plan provides 1,200 housing units as well as services such as healthcare and job training. One of the reasons it has taken so long to develop is the government had to settle a lawsuit brought on by veterans groups. Now Congress has to approve any changes to the buildings of the West Los Angeles property.
“This campus has very restrictive laws, so we needed this legislation to help unlock the authority for the V.A. to have enhanced-use leases to build the housing for homeless veterans,” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Los Angeles) said.