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Resource ID: #25731
Subject: Land
Source: National Public Radio
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Date: 09/10/2012

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This story is about one of the most fought-over pieces of property in Los Angeles, the 400 acre Veterans Affairs Medical Center campus in West Los Angeles. It's in an affluent neighborhood and has been a target of developers. But with many unused buildings, it's also been coveted as a place to house some of L.A.'s 8,000 homeless veterans. That was the original use of the land, which was donated for an Old Soldiers' Home in the late 19th century. The VA has not acted on plans announced in 2007 to begin rehabbing unused buildings there for housing for homeless vets. Meanwhile, it's rented out land and buildings to commercial enterprises. There is no public accounting for this income. Through FOIA and other documents, we found that the VA is renting out the property using a law intended for sharing health care resources, though the renters are non-health related commercial enterprises. We were also able to estimate that the VA has taken in at least 28 million and possibly more than 40 million dollars over the past dozen years, far more than the cost of re-habbing a building to house homeless vets.

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