VA Secretary Denis McDonough says combating LA’s veteran homelessness will affect rest of country

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The homeless encampment known as Veterans Row is slated for a cleanup by county officials on Nov 1. U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough toured the camp earlier this month. Photo taken on September 16, 2021. Photo by Zaydee Sanchez.

What will it take to finally end veteran homelessness? U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Denis McDonough says progress in Los Angeles could have a domino effect across the country. He promises to revive a languishing plan to build affordable housing for needy veterans on the VA’s West LA campus. 

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