Relocation of Homeless in ‘Veterans Row’ Begins

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Walk-in tents that person  been purchased and acceptable   up   for stateless  veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic enactment     the thoroughfare  extracurricular  the perimeter obstruction   of VA field  successful  West Los Angeles, Calif., successful  May 2020. (Courtesy of Robert Rosebrock)

Walk-in tents that person been purchased and acceptable up for stateless veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic enactment the thoroughfare extracurricular the perimeter obstruction of VA field successful West Los Angeles, Calif., successful May 2020. (Courtesy of Robert Rosebrock)

LOS ANGELES—Sheriff’s deputies joined outreach crews and federal officials on Nov. 1 in relocating stateless individuals successful the ‘Veterans Row’, successful hopes of clearing up this longtime stateless encampment adjacent Brentwood.

Besides decrying the encampment as an eyesore successful the upscale neighborhoods for long, immoderate Brentwood residents were besides dismayed that galore veterans were forced to unrecorded successful ramshackle tents erected connected the sidewalk, successful the shadiness of the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs campus nearby.

At slightest 2 homicides person occurred astatine the encampment, astir recently in September, erstwhile a antheral was stabbed erstwhile helium tried to intervene in a quality betwixt a antheral and his girlfriend, authorities reported.

U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough precocious toured the encampment and vowed past month to find impermanent lodging for astir three dozen stateless veterans surviving there. He besides indicated the VA would work to supply lodging for different 500 veterans successful the Los Angeles country by the end of the year.

“The VA, they’re committed to offering services astir the clock,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters astatine the site. “They’re trying to get the staffing, which is simply a immense improvement…so that is simply a large help. So now, someone shows up present astatine 10 o’clock astatine night, likelihood are they’re going to beryllium able to find a spot to prevarication down, and it’s not going to beryllium connected the sidewalk.”

At slightest 1 homeless person of the encampment told KNX Newsradio that helium was looking guardant to moving into sturdier structures with moving water. The caller facilities of unafraid tents and tiny homes besides supply meals.

A tiny conception of the encampment had been dismantled by mid-morning Monday, with crews picking up trash accumulated connected the sidewalk.

It was unclear precisely however galore radical were successful the encampment, which has been successful spot for astir 2 years, oregon however agelong it would take to implicit the relocation effort.

City News Service

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