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Los Angeles' Unique Solution to Veteran Homelessness

Veteran Homelessness

Digested from “LA Turning Seedy Motels Into Housing for Homeless Veterans” LA Curbed (5/29/16) Chiland, Elijiah

Los Angeles has approved a new plan to transform seedy motels into affordable housing for homeless veterans.

Through this project, the city will incentivize developers to purchase dilapidated motels and turn them into affordable apartment communities. 

Vouchers distributed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will cover 15 years of rent and services for those living in the apartments, according to this Los Angeles Times article. Proposition 41 is slated to give an additional $600 million to LA’s homeless population for further financing.

The deal was introduced after City Attorney Mike Feuer began his own initiative to shut down these establishments, which have become a hot bed of illegal activity.

Supporters are excited about the program's ability to speed up housing creation, which can be a long and grueling process.

"What I like about the project is it's immediate," Volunteers of America President Bob Pratt told the Times. "Making homes available for vets right now, that makes it unique."

NAA is committed to the fight against veteran homelessness. For more information on how you can help, visit our resource page.

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