Local Leaders

Abundant Housing LA is growing! That means we need passionate, dedicated housing advocates in neighborhoods all across LA County. LA is a big place, so let’s divide and conquer! We’re recruiting people who are interested in being local leaders or local team members, focused on helping bring Abundant Housing advocacy to their neighborhood. If that sounds like you, reach out to Chelsea Byers, Director of Local Organizing. Below, you will find more information about the Local Leaders initiative, and how to make a difference in your neighborhood.

What can we do to help promote housing in our neighborhood?

Most neighborhoods in the City of LA are covered by a neighborhood council. While they don’t have any formal power over land use, neighborhood councils are the most local level for people to participate in government in the City of LA. City Councilmembers and the Mayor look to neighborhood councils for feedback and input on changes to city policy, so it’s important for pro-housing voices to be heard on the neighborhood councils. Many neighborhood councils also include a Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee, which focuses specifically on proposed developments and land use policy changes in the neighborhood. One of the easiest things to do locally is find your neighborhood council and start attending meetings.

What about community plan updates?

The City of LA has pledged to update the 35 Community Plans that determine how much housing can be built in every part of the city. The current efforts include the Southwest Valley community plans, Metro Orange Line Transit Neighborhood Plans, and Metro Purple Line Transit Neighborhood Plans. We’ll be posting information about upcoming events for these initiatives as they occur.

Tell me more about the Local Leaders initiative.

The Local Leaders initiative is focused on making it possible for people to advocate for more housing at the local level. LA is a big city, and we know that people don’t want to have to travel all over the county to support housing. By empowering local leaders to advocate for new housing developments and better policy at the neighborhood level, the Local Leaders will increase Abundant Housing LA’s ability to promote region-wide solutions to the housing crisis, while also making it easier for more people to participate in housing advocacy.

What if I don’t live in the City of LA?

Great! We need advocates in all 88 of LA County’s cities, plus the unincorporated areas that are planned by the county. Contact us and we’ll help you figure out how to get started where you live!