VA Responds to Lawsuit

Several weeks ago the ACLU, on behalf of a group of homeless veterans, sued the VA over the usage of land and abandoned buildings in L.A. California. Recently, the VA has responded.  Publishing a final version of the Master Plan for the West Los Angeles for public comment.

The WLA Master Plan contains provisions to renovate some existing medical buildings, but also to renovate three unused buildings to make them acceptable for housing homeless veterans.  (Check page 22.)  There are also plans to build several brand new buildings, including an administrative building, several medically oriented buildings, and a nursing home.  No new buildings for homeless veterans are mentioned.

Also included in the WLA Master Plan is a list of priorities for these renovations and new constructions.  The renovations to provide homeless veterans’ housing are not on the list.  The priorities are a new medical housing building (“bed tower”) , the nursing home, a research building, and renovations to make a handful of buildings that have been deemed at very high risk of earthquake effects more safe.

Photo thanks to Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG under creative common license on Flickr.

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