Local News in Brief : Mobile Homes for Homeless Get a Site

The latest chapter in an effort to temporarily house homeless families in city-owned trailers was unveiled Monday at a former airport shuttle bus terminal in Westwood.

Fourteen mobile homes--part of 102 trailers bought by the city for $500,000 two years ago--sit on the parking lot of the former Flyaway bus terminal on a strip of federal land across the San Diego Freeway from the Veterans Administration Hospital and one-half mile from upscale Westwood Village.

Families of veterans will be given priority for the two- and three-bedroom mobile homes, said Harry Pregerson, a judge on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals who negotiated with the General Services Administration for the land.

Mayor Tom Bradley, acknowledging "we haven't begun to scratch the surface" of the homeless problem, called it "a step in the right direction."

Appearing with Bradley and Pregerson at a news conference were two of the families who will begin moving in Wednesday. During their maximum six-month free stay, residents will be offered job counseling and training. The city will pay for utilities on the furnished, carpeted trailers.

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