Lawsuit Seeks Housing for Homeless Veterans at VA Campus in West LA

A group of veterans is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, seeking permanent housing for thousands of homeless veterans on and around its West Los Angeles campus, according to court papers obtained Wednesday.

The 14 plaintiffs allege the VA has failed in its duty to provide housing and health care to veterans with disabilities, leaving nearly 3,500 veterans sleeping nightly on the streets of Los Angeles, according to the complaint.

VA Press Secretary Terrence Hayes said in a statement provided to City News Service that ending veteran homelessness in Los Angeles and elsewhere is a priority for the department.

“Veteran homelessness in L.A. has decreased by 6% since 2020, and VA has provided more than 950 permanent housing placements to L.A. veterans during this calendar year,” he said.

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