Individual Arkansas legislators OK grants totaling $50M+ in 4 years; scrutiny of projects finds holes

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By Lisa Hammersly

The application for $60,000 in Arkansas taxpayer money promised to help veterans in trouble.

The goal was to “get our homeless veterans off the streets” — and “back on [their] feet,” wrote a West Memphis nonprofit.

Creative Strategies Community Development Corp. applied for the General Improvement Fund grant in 2013. The plan: buy “a single-family lot” and build “a 3/4 bedroom transitional home” to “house homeless veterans.”

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