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Earlier this year we surveyed our members on what housing policies and funding sources they thought would help Los Angeles address its housing crisis. Our new policy committee, which brings together members and supporters with expertise in policy analysis, architecture, construction management, local government, research and writing on land use, advocacy, teaching, small scale development, urban planning (and living in and caring about LA!), worked from these responses as a starting point, and recommended a local policy agenda with 15 … read more

When my wife and I moved to Los Angeles nearly three years ago, her 70-hour work-weeks at UCLA forced us into the Westside housing market, where our rent was embarrassingly high at $2,795 per month. In most parts of the country, the kind of apartment that comes with a rental rate that rounds up to $3,000 would offer amenities like doormen, swimming pools, and slate countertops. Our apartment offers none of those things: it is a modest yet perfectly adequate … read more

For anti-housing advocates, new market-rate housing isn’t a part of the solution to the affordability crisis, but the cause of it. New housing, they argue, attracts higher income residents from outside the city, and those new residents drive speculation, rent hikes, and further redevelopment that displaces vulnerable households. They also create demand for new low wage jobs that provide goods and services, which exacerbates the affordable housing shortfall. This was one of the key arguments made by Measure S supporters to stoke fear and … read more

As we wrote in our previous post, Abundant Housing LA (AHLA) supports increasing local funding for affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles. Because LA needs more new homes of all types, we identified several good options that could raise money for affordable housing construction and preservation without discouraging development of market rate housing. Funding for housing subsidies is a necessary but not sufficient part of the solution to our housing crisis. Los Angeles also needs to reform rules … read more