Rather Than Demolish This Run-Down Motel, They Convert It Into Housing For Homeless Veterans

The United States doesn’t always do a good job of taking care of its veterans and the City of Los Angeles is no exception.

When the city declared a State of Emergency in 2015 there were 4,362 veterans living on the streets. After the city promised to end veteran homelessness by the end 2015, they abandoned that goal after finding out just how serious the problem was.

Funded by $600 million in bond money raised by Proposition 41, the city is converting run-down and abandoned hotels and hospitals into over 500 apartments just for homeless veterans. Non-profit agency Step Up is helping convert the units into housing.  New homes are scheduled to be ready for veterans by January 2017.

Veterans will be able to live in these apartments for up to 15 years free of charge with vouchers provided by the Department of Veteran Affairs.


Thanks to Proposition 41 and the people at Step Up, the end of veteran homelessness in Los Angeles is now going  to be a realistic goal.


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