VA sets deadlines for veteran housing plan for West LA campus

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Building 205, pictured here, sits vacant. It was designated as future housing for disabled homeless veterans in 2007. Nancy Pastor for NPR
Building 205, pictured here, sits vacant. It was designated as future housing for disabled homeless veterans in 2007. Nancy Pastor for NPR
Building 205, pictured here, sits vacant. It was designated as future housing for disabled homeless veterans in 2007. Nancy Pastor for NPR

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced on Friday it will find housing for 650 veterans, the first details of a plan to expand services at the agency’s West Los Angeles campus.

The agency said it will start hosting town hall meetings in L.A. for service providers and government agencies and identify legislation needed to revamp the West L.A. campus – as well as find housing for 650 vets – all within the next 100 days.

“This plan demonstrates what can be accomplished for our Nation’s veterans when we come together as a community – everyone working together toward the higher goal,” U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald said in a statement.  “This is an important first step toward ending Veteran homelessness in Greater L.A. and a model of what we will do across the country.”

The plan is the first step by the V.A. after settling a lawsuit accusing the agency of mismanaging federal land. Officials are pledging to provide housing and services on the campus itself and expand veterans’ access to housing and resources in other parts of Los Angeles.

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