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.