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Housing And Development

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We address L.A.’s housing shortage, ensure that most new units are accessible to high-quality transit, and close the gap between incomes and rents.

Los Angeles has the nation’s largest population of chronically homeless people—13,000, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ninety-five percent of them live outdoors—in cars, tents and encampments. Housing availability and affordability are among the most visible and important economic issues facing the City today. The pLAn aims to ease housing costs, lower utility bills, promote appropriate development, encourage housing around transit and increase the production and preservation of affordable units. Together, these steps benefit all Angelenos.

Progress on 2017 Outcomes

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Issue permits for 17,000 new units of housing within 1,500 feet of transit

The City permitted 15,006 new housing units within 1,500 feet of transit as of December 15, 2016. This puts L.A. on track to beat its goal.

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Minimize the loss of existing affordable housing units through density bonus revision and implementation of Assembly Bill 2222

The Housing and Community Development Department implemented Assembly Bill 2222, requiring one-for-one replacement of affordable, rent-stabilized housing when using the density bonus program.

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Increase the combined amount of federal, state and local funds dedicated annually to affordable housing development by at least 33% compared to 2014 levels

IRP process launched spring 2016 and concluded January 2017. It included several in-person advisory committee meetings with members representing ratepayers, large users, environment and Funds doubled in 2015. With passage of Measure HHH in 2016, the City can issue $1.2 billion in housing bonds. This source alone increases annual affordable
housing funds by 263% over next decade.

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Progress on 2025 Outcomes

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Increase cumulative new housing unit construction to 100,000 by 2021

Over 50,000 new units permitted as of July 2013, putting L.A. 50% of the way to 2021 goal.

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Ensure proportion of new housing units built within 1,500 feet of transit is at least 57% by 2025

56% of new housing development was built within 1,500 feet of transit in 2016.

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Reduce by 10% the number of rent-burdened households by 2025

While the percentage of rent- burdened households dropped from 61.7% to 60.7% between 2012 and 2015, the actual incidence of rent burden rose from 494,736 to 504,034 households, a 1.8% increase.

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Cap-and-Trade Fuels L.A. Housing Fixes

Nearly $64.6 million in California greenhouse gas cap- and-trade revenue is headed for Los Angeles, earmarked for six environmentally friendly affordable housing projects. The funds come from California’s new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program, overseen by the California Strategic Growth Council. Over the past two years, the City has received almost $100 million through this innovative program, which supports housing and transportation projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through mixed-use designs that encourage walking, bicycling and the use of mass transit. The $64.6 million awarded to the City of Los Angeles is the largest sum for any jurisdiction in the state. In 2015, Mayor Garcetti successfully lobbied to lift a prior $15 million ceiling on awards. The new funding provides gapfinancing for four permanent supportive housing developments (348 units) for formerly homeless Angelenos and two affordable housing complexes (205 units) for low-income residents.

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“A ordable housing development can be about more than building four walls and a roof for people who need them. It can also give everyone—regardless of income—a chance to be part of L.A.’s green, connected future.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti

City has Permitted over 50,000 Housing Units in 3 Years

The City has permitted more than 50,000 new units of housing in 3 years, an average of nearly 14,000 units a year. That means 38 new homes a day to help increase affordability

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City Wins

Affordable Housing Gets Fast-tracked

Last year the Department of City Planning launched its Priority Housing Project (PHP), offering streamlined processing services to qualified affordable housing projects (i.e. minimum 20 percent rent-controlled). Twenty developments—for a total of 1,883 units—were led last year and are now being monitored through PHP. The Mayor’s Executive Directive 13 Quarterly Report tracks progress.

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Getting the Word Out on Rent Stabilization

In May, Mayor Garcetti joined Los Angeles housing inspectors on a systematic code enforcement check of a multifamily rental property. The visit marked the kicko of the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) Awareness campaign. During the inspection, the Mayor personally delivered RSO literature to residents and touted the L.A. Housing and Community Investment Department’s “Gateway to Green” conservation efforts.

New Rules for Tenant Buyouts

Los Angeles came one step closer to curbing its housing a ordability crisis when Mayor Garcetti signed into law the Tenant Buyout Ordinance. The measure requires landlords to inform residents of their relocation rights. Previously, renters could be offered a lump sum to vacate units without any mention of other options. Landlords must now file buyout agreements with the City, and tenants have 30 days to withdraw from the deal.

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Partner Wins

A Boon for Housing the Homeless

Proposition HHH authorizes the City to issue up to $1.2 billion in general obligation bonds to finance up to 10,000 affordable housing units to end chronic homelessness. The funds target supportive housing for the homeless, affordable units for very low-income Angelenos at risk of becoming homeless, temporary shelters, storage and shower facilities, and related infrastructure.

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Excellence in Sustainable Supportive Housing

The Washington D.C.-based Hanley Foundation honored the Skid Row Housing Trust with its 2016 Hanley Award for Community Service in Sustainability. The honor, which comes with a $25,000 prize, recognizes excellence in the host city of the annual Greenbuild expo. The trust earned special praise for its innovative Star Apartments, winner of a 2016 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and European Centre for Architecture.

Rolling Out the “WelcomeHome” Mat

Homeless Angelenos are not a statistic—they’re real people with stories, families and dreams. The Welcome Home Project (WHP), a new effort spearheaded by Mayor Garcetti and supported by Lyft, the Honest Company, Uber and others, promotes a cultural shift toward greater compassion. WHP hosts private and public gatherings where guests assemble housewarming baskets for homeless neighbors. Welcome Home baskets were delivered to 1,000 displaced families in 2016.

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