U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., cites an initiative by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to end veteran homelessness by 2015. One in 10 homeless veterans lives in Los Angeles, according to Waxman, who calls for a "housing first" approach to solve the problem. In Los Angeles County, Project 60 has taken chronically homeless veterans and given them public housing, case managers and access to services, resulting in a 95% housing-retention rate, he writes.

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