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City Officials Seek To Renovate Buildings In LA For Homeless Veterans

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A homeless person covers up on a bus stop bench before dawn October 12, 2007 in downtown Los Angeles. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

A homeless person covers up on a bus stop bench before dawn October 12, 2007 in downtown Los Angeles. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Department has announced a master plan to transform buildings at a West Los Angeles VA site that are the subject of a lawsuit over housing and other services for the homeless.

The site was originally donated in 1888 to house homeless veterans. The American Civil Liberties Union sued this month saying that in recent decades the VA allowed buildings that had provided housing for the homeless to fall into disrepair or to be leased to private entities.

The VA plan calls for 12 buildings to be renovated, including three for housing services.

A VA spokesman says he can’t comment on the lawsuit, but that the VA’s plans have been in the works for months.

About 8,100 homeless vets live in the Los Angeles region.

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