Crime & Justice

ACLU: VA misuses 390 acres in LA meant for homeless vets

Image from the complaint - Valentini vs. Shinseki
Image from the complaint - Valentini vs. Shinseki

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A lawsuit being filed on behalf of homeless veterans accuses the Department of Veterans Affairs of misusing a nearly 390-acre plot of land in Los Angeles that was donated some 130 years ago to house service members who need care after wartime experiences.

The suit announced Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California and other public interest lawyers says the department leased much of the property to private entities instead of using it for veterans' permanent supportive housing.

It seeks an injunction forcing the department to use the property for the housing and care of wounded vets. Lawyers are seeking class-action status for the suit.

A call seeking comment from Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C., was not immediately returned.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.