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At Home in the Hood Part Five: The VLA at night, a mother's loss, and hope for the future

All this week, CBC Daybreak North is running a special series called "At Home in the Hood: Stories from Prince George's VLA." The VLA stands for "Veteran's Land Act" because the neighbourhood was originally built to provide affordable housing for World War II veterans. Today, it has a reputation for being poor and crime-ridden. We hope to get people talking about the challenges and solutions for the VLA.


Street soccer, inner-city boxing, and high-stakes poker: the VLA at night

We've heard nighttime in Prince George's VLA neighbourhood can be dangerous, so We take a walk around after dark and find street soccer, a boxing club for inner city youth, the Predator, and a high-stakes poker game.

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A woman's death haunts a community

One of the main features of the VLA is Hadih House. It's a large home converted to a community gathering place that provides family resources, drop-in hours, lessons in cooking and canning - and at Hallowe'en it's converted into a pretty cool Haunted House for the neighbourhood kids.

It's also a place Alvine Tom hoped to help people heal from the wounds of their past. She struggled with drug addiction, alcoholism, depression and anxiety, but believed she had left the demons behind her. A coroner's report indicates an overdose led to her death- although her family believes she was a victim of violence.

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What is in the VLA's future?

To wrap up our series, we ask people in the VLA what they think is in its future and get predictions from gentrification to safer places for kids to play.

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Find more coverage of the VLA, and get information about our community forum on January 24 on our special page dedicated to this series.

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