VA to renovate LA building to house homeless vets

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Department of Veteran Affairs is planning to turn an underused building on its sprawling West Los Angeles site into housing for 65 chronically homeless veterans.

The Los Angeles Times reports Sunday that the $17.6 million project is scheduled to start in late January and be completed in the spring of 2014.

The project calls for renovating a 1945 building used for veteran silkscreening and printmaking programs and refurbishing it into 55 units, including 10 shared apartments and supportive services including job training. One wing will be designated for women.

The VA has come under criticism and a lawsuit over how it uses its West Los Angeles facilities. Critics say the department rented out some facilities to businesses instead of using them to house homeless veterans.

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