Cedillo Hosts Inaugural Housing Committee Meeting

Cedillo Hosts Inaugural Housing Committee Meeting

August 2, 2017

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Cedillo Hosts Inaugural Housing Committee Meeting
Hits the ground running as he sets the vision for upcoming year

Los Angeles—Councilmember Cedillo hosted the first Housing Committee meeting of the new term, focusing on the path to get us out of the current Housing Crisis that exists in Los Angeles.

“The composition of the new Housing Committee appointed by Council President Herb Wesson may be smaller with three members, instead of five members, but its policy priorities are no less important and at the forefront of the City’s response to the Housing crisis,” stated Councilmember Gil Cedillo.

“We, as a City, cannot do this alone. We have to work collaboratively with all stakeholders across the spectrum – private and public entities, for-profit and non-profits, landlords and tenants. There is no single solution to the Housing Crisis. We have to attack it on multiple fronts and on parallel tracks, and we must provide housing for all income levels, for those who are homeless and prevent the multitude of our most vulnerable from becoming homeless,” he added.

The Housing Committee shall focus on the following priorities:
• Strengthening the City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance (RSO) and its Ellis Act provisions to further protect the rights of tenants from abusive actions and to preserve the City’s RSO units, and advocating for amendments to governing state legislation such as the Costa Hawkins and Ellis Acts.
• Adopting legislation that requires a “priority preference” for eligible qualifying tenants who have been displaced from RSO units by requiring new income-restricted units approved through the State’s Density Bonus Law or subject to an affordable housing covenant to offer the units to such tenants either within the replacement project from which they were displaced or within the same geographic vicinity.
• Preserving our existing affordable housing stock - which includes our RSO units, project-based section 8 units, and our expiring covenant restricted units - through collaboration and advocacy with the State for the City’s fair share of funding and the prioritization of financing for rehabilitation, extension, and expansion of affordable covenants and section 8 contract renewals.
• Identifying and creating permanent local funding sources underwriting the production of affordable housing throughout the City of Los Angeles by supporting local and state legislation that promotes the streamlining of the disposition of City-owned sites suitable for housing, land use entitlements, financing, and construction processes.

The Housing Committee is chaired by Councilmember Gil Cedillo and includes Councilmembers Paul Krekorian (CD2) and Marqueece Harris-Dawson (CD8).

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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