Lawsuit Claims VA Misusing LA Land Meant For Homeless Veterans

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A lawsuit being filed on behalf of homeless veterans accuses the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing a nearly 390-acre plot of land in Los Angeles that was donated some 130 years ago to house service members who need care after wartime experiences.

The suit announced Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California and other public interest lawyers says the department leased much of the property to private entities instead of using it for veterans’ permanent supportive housing.

It seeks an injunction forcing the department to use the property for the housing and care of wounded vets. Lawyers are seeking class-action status for the suit.

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