May 162017
 
Mayor Garcetti Facilitates Affordable Housing

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Garcetti creates more affordable housing and protects thousands of Angelenos from eviction by enabling the City to legalize certain unpermitted housing units.

 

Mayor Garcetti signs Ordinance to legalize more Affordable Housing Units: Mayor Eric Garcetti today signed a new law that will create more affordable housing and protect thousands of Angelenos from eviction by enabling the City to legalize certain unpermitted housing units.

There are currently thousands of occupied units across Los Angeles that were not permitted properly when they were built. This ordinance creates a path to legalization for many of those units, allowing the City to ensure that they are safe and habitable, without displacing families from their homes.

“Too many Angelenos are already struggling to stay ahead of rising rents — and we must take action to protect our communities, and keep families in their homes,” said Mayor Garcetti. “This ordinance will improve the health and safety of our housing stock, add more units to the market, and bring us closer to meeting our affordable housing goals.”

The new ordinance will use existing State Density Bonus provisions to legalize the unapproved units, once they have passed all necessary health, safety, and habitability inspections. The City will permit the units in exchange for long-term commitments from landlords to keep them affordable.

“Passage of the Unapproved Dwelling Units Ordinance is a small but significant step to address affordability in Los Angeles,” said Councilmember Gil Cedillo. “Buildings zoned as multiple family, including apartments and duplexes, will now be be brought to code while ensuring health and safety requirements, adding to our housing stock. We are in a housing crisis and need to use every tool within reach to increase our affordable housing supply.”

“The UDU ordinance is a common-sense solution to increasing the City of Los Angeles’ affordable housing stock and protecting low- and moderate-income Angelenos doing their best to get by living in unapproved units at no fault of their own,” said Councilmember José Huizar, Chair of the City’s Planning Committee. “This ordinance will directly benefit and protect those residents and their families while increasing our available affordable housing stock for others.”

To give property owners time to pursue this new route to legalization, the Housing and Community Investment Department (HCID) is developing a program that would defer certain code enforcement proceedings, while landlords bring their unpermitted units into compliance.

This new policy is just one piece of Mayor Garcetti’s strategy to solve the affordability crisis in Los Angeles. The Mayor has also called on the City Council to pass an Affordable Housing Linkage Fee — a fair, reasonable requirement that market-rate developers build affordable housing or contribute to the City’s affordable housing programs. This could add 1,000 new affordable housing units to the market every year-— about double the current rate of production.

Owners of multifamily buildings who have questions on how to pursue legalization of unapproved dwelling units can contact the Department of City Planning’s Priority Housing Project (PHP) program at (213) 202-5456 or dcpphp@lacity.org.

 

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Oct 152016
 

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Mayor Garcetti Announces $64.6 Million For Sustainable Affordable Housing Development

State Cap-and-Trade Funding includes $12 million in financing for Jordan Downs redevelopment as well as critical transportation improvements

The City of Los Angeles has been awarded nearly $65 million in cap-and-trade funding from the State to develop environmentally sustainable affordable housing and make critical transportation improvements, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on October 12th 2016.

The grants come from California’s new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, overseen by the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) — a committee formed by the Legislature to advance local community revitalization efforts.

The $64.6 million awarded to Los Angeles is the largest allocation to any city in California, and follows Mayor Garcetti’s successful advocacy in 2015 to lift the cap on such awards from $15 million.

The new funding will provide gap financing for four permanent supportive housing developments for formerly homeless Angelenos, totaling 348 units, and additional two affordable developments, totaling 205 units for low-income Angelenos.

“Affordable housing development can be about more than building four walls and a roof for people who need them, it can also give everyone — regardless of income — a chance to be part of L.A.’s green, connected future,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Smart design helps us to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions by linking communities to more transportation options. This is transformative work, and I applaud the Strategic Growth Council on its vision.”

Over the last two years, the City has received nearly $100 million from this innovative program, which supports housing and transportation projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through mixed-use designs that encourage walking, bicycling, and the use of mass transit.

The long-awaited Jordan Downs redevelopment project was awarded $12 million for its first phase of construction. This grant provides $2 million for the extension of Century Boulevard through the Jordan Downs site in Watts, creating a complete street with wide sidewalks, bike lanes, shade trees, and a re-routed bus line to improve connectivity to the Metro Blue line. It also provides approximately $10 million to finance 135 units in the first phase of construction.

“This nearly $12 million grant provides needed financing during a critical time for the Jordan Downs redevelopment project,” said Douglas Guthrie, President and CEO of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles. “The site is being prepared for development, Century Blvd extension is on schedule and the residents have a renewed sense of hope. The award demonstrates this agency’s commitment to leveraging all available opportunities to ensure that we can continue to make progress with the project. The funding will be utilized toward the construction of the initial residential units.”

“We are delighted to receive over $64.6 million in AHSC funding, which will enable the City of Los Angeles to create nearly 553 new units of affordable housing for low-income families and homeless individuals and reduce over 93,000 metric tons in GHG emissions,” said Rushmore Cervantes, General Manager of the Housing and Community Investment Development of the City of Los Angeles. “This award is also a testament to the remarkable collaboration of the City, the development community, and technical assistance providers to secure funding to meet the Mayor’s vision for a more sustainable and livable city for generations to come.”

This successful round of funding is due to the high capacity of the City’s affordable housing partners, the leadership of the Housing and Community Investment Department of Los Angeles (HCIDLA), and technical assistance provided by Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. The Mayor’s Office will continue working to ensure that Los Angeles receives its fair share of state funding, partnering closely with the Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Engineering, and the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst.

 

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Aug 262016
 

MayorGarcettiAnnouncesStrongProgressOnHousingGoals

Los Angeles is well on track toward meeting Mayor Eric Garcetti’s goal of building 100,000 new units of housing by 2021, according to a new report released today.

Since Mayor Garcetti took office, the City has permitted more than 40,000 new units — an average of more than 13,600 a year. Those figures put L.A. well ahead of schedule to hit the bold goal of 100,000 units between 2013 and 2021, which includes the addition or preservation of 15,000 units specifically designated as affordable.

“Angelenos everywhere are feeling the pinch of a tight housing market — that’s why I committed to getting more housing built across our city as quickly as possible,” said Mayor Garcetti. “We are making strong progress, but the job is far from finished. We have to continue to think creatively, and use every available tool to ease the pressure on our housing market. We cannot rest until all Angelenos have access to homes they can afford to rent or own.”

The new status report updates progress on Mayor Garcetti’s Executive Directive 13, which set the goal of permitting 100,000 units between 2013 and 2021. It comes as Angelenos continue to endure a years-long crisis of housing affordability brought on by demand that is significantly outstripping supply.

Mayor Garcetti’s “back to basics” approach to streamlining the entitlement and permitting process for new housing is helping the City reach crucial milestones in the effort to address L.A.’s housing crisis. From July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016, the City permitted 40,805 new dwelling units, or an average of 13,601 per year. During the same period, the City added or preserved nearly 6,000 affordable units, putting the City on track to meet the Mayor’s goal of 15,000 affordable units by 2021.

New revenue sources — such as the general obligation bond set for the November ballot and the Mayor’s proposed affordable housing linkage fee — will help the City bring even more affordable housing to Angelenos who are struggling to keep up with their rents and mortgages.

Mayor Garcetti is also working to protect renters in existing housing. Since July 1, 2013, the Housing and Community Investment Department has addressed more than 19,000 tenant complaints and 10,000 illegal eviction cases, bringing more than $23.2 million in relocation assistance to almost 2,000 families.

Future quarterly status reports will also indicate the effects of Home for Renters, the Mayor’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance awareness campaign launched this summer.

This quarter’s full report is available online at http://www.lamayor.org/HousingScoreCard

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Thanks to the streamlined permit process more housing units – including affordable housing units! – are being built and there is hope that the current housing shortage will be relieved in the foreseeable future.

Mayor Garcetti is succeeding in more areas than one. Not only is Los Angeles housing expanding but the Mayor is actively supporting renters’ rights. Fine work, Mr. Mayor!