New housing complex for homeless vets runs into problems.
Syracuse, N.Y. - Al Salinas, 59, a disabled veteran, and his wife were living in their car before they moved in May into VanKeuren Square, a new $11.5 million apartment project for homeless veterans at 2223 E. Genesee St.Story here.
"At first it was beautiful and wonderful," Salinas said. But before long some tenants began urinating and vomiting in the hallways, fighting, bringing prostitutes into the building and openly buying drugs on the property, he said.
Salinas said his wife is afraid to leave their apartment because she doesn't know who she will encounter in the hallway.
"Now she's saying, 'Maybe we were better off in the car,'" Salinas said.