Emergency declaration is a good first step, though further action is required to address root causes

LOS ANGELES, CA—Abundant Housing LA applauds Mayor Bass and the City Council’s action to remove regulatory barriers to supportive housing and shelter. We look forward to rapid construction of badly-needed supportive housing and transitional housing

However, Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis is only the most visible effect of a housing shortage that has forced millions of Angelenos into overcrowded, substandard, and unaffordable housing.

The only way to address the root causes of homelessness and ease the housing crisis is to build enough housing to accommodate everyone who wants to live in this world-class city. We must make it easier to build affordable housing, mixed-income and market-rate multifamily housing near jobs, schools, and transit to address housing scarcity and make housing more affordable.

“We are glad to see Mayor Bass taking bold action to address homelessness and look forward to working with her administration to remove further barriers to housing in Los Angeles,” said Abundant Housing LA Executive Director Leonora Camner.

Abundant Housing LA is a pro-housing nonprofit advocacy organization that is working to help solve Southern California’s housing crisis by supporting more housing at all levels of affordability, as well as reforms to land use and zoning codes. To maintain our independence, we do not accept financial support from housing developers or their consultants.