Cedillo Calls for Comprehensive Housing Needs Assessment

Asks the CAO for a 10 year housing plan that includes all levels of need

June 6, 2016

Councilmember Cedillo introduced a motion today calling for the City Administrative Officer (CAO) and the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) to produce a comprehensive housing plan that is inclusive of all levels of housing needed in the City of Los Angeles. The recent Los Angeles Comprehensive Homelessness Strategy outlined the housing needs for Los Angeles homeless population, but fails to outline the number of affordable housing units needed for working families. The motion also calls for the departments to hold regional meetings to collect community input. 

“If we are going to HOUSE LA, we need to have a conversation about the entire picture,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “We must take inventory of the City’s entire housing needs, across the board and across all incomes, and create a plan that addresses all needs. Only then will we be able to take a comprehensive approach to housing in our region.”

Rent is considered affordable when it consumes no more than 30% of household income, the average renter in Los Angeles pays nearly 47% of their income towards rent. Over 75% of the lowest-income households pay half of their incomes or more towards rent, rendering them severely rent burdened. 

“This is a step we absolutely must take,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “Housing prices have skyrocketed in recent years, pushing many of LA’s housing options out of reach for working people. This problem impacts all income levels, but it’s particularly acute for lower and middle-income families. We want to take stock of our housing needs so that all Angelenos will be able to afford to live here in the years to come.”

“As the City continues to tackle homelessness and how to house the many who live on the street, it is important not to abandon our commitment to the many working families who continue to struggle financially”, Cedillo added.

There are several initiatives pending in Council which seek to reform the planning process; House LA, Recode LA, Value Capture, and a framework to update the City’s 35 community plans. Having a comprehensive housing needs assessment would allow us to account for inflation, population growth and changing housing needs over the next 10 years.  

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park.

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