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The Affordable Housing Complex That Could

How Community Economic Development Advocacy Secured 100 Units of Permanent Housing for Formerly Homeless Persons on Former Military Base

By Mona Tawatao

When the government closes a military base, federal law requires that redevelopment of the former base take into account the economic needs of homeless persons in the affected communities. In Sacramento, California, a team of housing providers, homeless activists, and legal services and private attorneys and their supporters persevered for years against the county to establish permanent housing to formerly homeless families on a former military base that has been transformed into a thriving business park.

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