House LA Initiative Introduced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 25, 2015

Los Angeles—Councilmember Cedillo introduced six motions today to address the housing crisis in Los Angeles. In an effort to cut red tape and streamline building in Los Angeles, Councilmember Cedillo will offer bureaucratic relief in order to facilitate smart growth and maintain and increase affordability.

“We must think outside the box in order to House LA and saturate the market to provide housing options for all Angelenos,” stated Councilmember Cedillo. As Chair of Housing Cedillo understands the urgency to provide more housing in Los Angeles, and the need to encourage the development of all types of housing to reach our housing needs.

The Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) draft 2014-2021 Regional Housing Need Allocation Plan (RHNA) determines a need for 412,716 additional housing units in the 6-county region, with 82,002 of these units allocated to the City of Los Angeles. This need is divided among various income groups, including 20,427 for very-low income households, 12,435 for low-income households, and 13,728 for moderate-income households.

Out of the 82,000 new units we need to build, 46,590 (57%) should be designated for very low-low income households. This means a production rate of approximately 10,250 units/year (5,823 affordable/year).

“The housing crisis has reached a tipping point in Los Angeles. The House LA Initiative I introduced today will provide innovative solutions to stimulate the production of new units and promote the preservation of affordability,” added Councilmember Cedillo.

From 2006-2014, on average, the Housing and Community Investment Department of Los Angeles (HCIDLA) financed 1,200 affordable housing units per year, at the peak of the CRA golden years. Due to crushing budget cuts and the CRA’s dissolution, the HCIDLA can only commit to financing approximately 500 units per year in the new Housing Element (2014-2021).

The House LA Initiative includes:

  • Site Plan Review Modifications
  • Permitting Micro Unit Housing
  • Deferring Building Fees
  • Expanding the Use of Shared Vehicles
  • Facilitating Accessory Dwelling Units
  • Using City Owned Land As Sited for Affordable Housing

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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