Directing the CAO to draft a 10 year housing plan that includes all housing needs
June 14, 2016
The Los Angeles City Council approved a motion today by Councilmember Gil Cedillo 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 need 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 other populations. 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.
“It is time for us to move forward. It is time that we move beyond conversation, move beyond holding meetings, and begin to take action,” 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.