The Board of Supervisors cleared the way for a significant number of homes to be built in the first year of its Affordable Housing Plan, established in October 2015. The Board committed a total of $37 million for affordable housing this year and an additional $5 million to support rapid re-housing. The investment represents a 75% increase in permanent supportive housing construction over the previous year.
The $37 million for affordable housing will fund 13 affordable housing developments providing a total of 874 homes including 282 affordable housing apartments and 592 apartments in permanent supportive housing throughout the County.
“We’re in the early days of an unprecedented County effort to reduce the number of men and women in our County who are homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless, because they can’t find affordable housing or afford to stay where they are,” said Supervisor Kuehl, the lead author of the October 2015 motion. “We need thousands of units of new housing in the County. We need new affordable apartments to help prevent families from falling into homelessness and rapid rehousing for those who do fall into it.”
“This is tremendous, but it is simply not enough,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “We can’t just focus on bricks and sticks. We need to make sure that there is that ongoing funding for supportive services, if we really want to ensure that those that are living in affordable housing can thrive.”
In October of 2015, the Board of Supervisors voted to create an Affordable Housing Plan with an unprecedented financial commitment that will rise to $100 million annually by 2020. That investment will be directed toward low and very low-income housing programs as well as workforce housing programs across Los Angeles County.