A Housing Fix For California Veterans

How a housing scandal happens

By one estimate, more than 32,000 veterans are expected to become homeless at least temporarily in the next 21/2 years, and the supply of affordable housing is far too low to meet the demand. Developers say they can’t build affordable housing projects without the government’s help because the cost of land, labor and materials is too high, and there’s a limited amount of that help available none of it targeted specifically to veterans. On Wednesday, lawmakers approved united states AB 639, a bill by Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) that would schedule a vote next June on a ballot measure to restructure Proposition 12.
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-vets-housing-bonds-20130915,0,7003285.story

Imagine how fast the idea would have died had it been proposed anywhere near South Tampas pricey neighborhoods. But Hillsborough Countys Homeless Recovery Program had the right philosophy: Give people the kind of help they need for a chance to get off the streets, like job counseling, bus passes and, most importantly, housing, as in rent money. Did someone say rent money?
For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/16/3630322/how-a-housing-scandal-happens.html

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