The 1971 Sylmar quake is keeping veterans homeless in L.A. in 2020. That may change soon

When Del Gill arrived at the sprawling West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus in 2016, federal officials had just unveiled a master plan for transforming dozens of disused historic buildings into permanent housing for veterans like him.

Four years later, the ex-Marine still lives in a tent.

“I don’t see any ground being lifted or bricks getting stacked,” Gill said, nodding over the fence from San Vicente Boulevard, where he and other homeless veterans bed down every night. “All these old buildings … they just let them sit vacant.”

That may soon change. This summer, developers plan to gut Building 207, a midcentury Mission Revival-style ward of weathered stucco and terra cotta tile, transforming the former hospital into 59 units of permanent housing for homeless veterans that will one day anchor an enclave of 1,800.

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