Housing Committee Approves House LA Initiative

During A Housing State of Emergency Chair Cedillo Moves Proposals to House LA.

January 20, 2016

The Housing Committee approved a series of motions today that address the housing crisis in Los Angeles under the House LA Initiative. 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.

“I’d like to thank my colleagues for unanimously approving the House LA Initiative. We are in a State of Emergency, with approximately 25,000 homeless people sleeping on the street every night. Our response needs to have a heightened sense of urgency. We must put everything on the table in order to build more housing and increase affordability, stated Housing Committee Chair Councilmember Cedillo.

The Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) 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. This means a production rate of approximately 10,250 units/year (5,823 affordable/year).

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 motions addressing; Expansion of Expedited Processing Section in Planning; Site Plan Review Modifications; Permitting Micro Unit Housing; Deferring Fees; Expanding the Use of Shared Vehicles; Facilitating Accessory Dwelling Units; and Using City Owned Land As Sites 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. For more information, please visit www.GilCedillo.com.

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