Have TOC and Expo TNP resulted in housing growth near Westside rail stations? Part III

First, a quick recap of Transit-Oriented Communities: created upon voter approval of Measure JJJ in December 2016, the program grants generous density bonuses, decreases parking requirements, and speeds up permitting for multifamily housing projects within a half-mile of transit, as long as they allocate a share of new units to lower-income households at a rent […]

A New Affordable Housing Agency for LA County

In the not too distant future, you could see a tax measure on your ballot requesting new funds for affordable housing and tenant protection programs in Los Angeles County. This proposal would be sponsored by the newly-minted Los Angeles County Affordable Housing Solutions Agency (LACAHSA, pronounced “la casa”); it would argue that voters should entrust […]

Enforcing High-Quality Housing Elements: A Panel Discussion

How are things going with housing element updates and enforcement? That was the central question at Abundant Housing LA’s latest luncheon and panel discussion for legislators and their staff members. The venue was Mayahuel restaurant, just steps from the Capitol building in Downtown Sacramento. I had flown up from LA for the day to moderate […]

To make progress, smash the stereotypes about places and people

I recently had the opportunity to attend the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference in San Diego and I wanted to share some reflections from that trip. Both the region and the conference were interesting sources of inspiration about housing policy, and there are lessons for Los Angeles to be found here. One of the […]

Affordable Housing and Rental Assistance Resources for LA County

Affordable housing and rental assistance Public Housing Authorities administer the federal Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) rental assistance program for very low-income households and sometimes other affordable housing programs such as publicly owned or assisted income-restricted affordable homes. Section 8 vouchers are transferable from city to city if you move, but you will have to go […]

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❤️ 100% affordable housing project walkable🚶🏻🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️from Metro’s Expo/Bundy station! Thanks to the density bonus provided through LA’s Transit-Oriented Community program, Missouri Place Apartments provides 73 homes to formally homeless individuals 🙌🏼.
#affordablehousing #housingforall #TOC #Transit #urbanplanning #housingfirst #yimby #housingpolicy
Neighborhood Change and #LatinoUrbanism with Ed Mendoza - when the neighborhood of Jefferson Park tried to become more than what it was zoned to be, the city was quick to shut everything down. Where have the pupusa ladies been? What could have been if urban planning was more understanding of Latino traditions?

#urbanplanning #urbanism #neighborhood #neighborhoodwalk #Yimby #publicpolicy
“LA used to be a place where people like my parents could really find success” - Thank you Michael for sharing your housing story with us. It feels vulnerable when the narrative has been one that if you can’t afford homes, it’s because you are not working hard enough, not smart enough, not saving enough. But you are enough - it’s the housing market that needs to be fixed 🙏🏼👊🏼
#housingcrisis #millenials #yimby #housingshortage #housingpolicy #housingforall
It's very concerning that HCD certified San Diego's housing element. What type of message does this send to other cities, who are currently trying to wiggle out of rezoning? 
Here are a few less than ideal sites included in SD's housing element. Without substantial rezoning of R1 neighborhoods, We worry this plan is a recipe for more displacement and gentrification. 
#HousingPolicy #HousingLaw #SanDiego #YIMBY #AffordableHousing #FairHousing
🌴Touring #AffordableHousing on the Westside!
As you can see, government-subsidized Affordable Housing™️ typically serves seniors, folks with special needs, & large families. But it has so much more potential to serve all types of communities.
#SB679, which ultimately did not pass, could have made building these homes here in LA a lot easier, faster, and more cost-efficient. We hope to bring back this proposal stronger for the next legislative year.
‼Support our work to create more Affordable Housing than ever:
#HousingForAll #LegalizeHomes #Yimby #housingcrisis #housingmarket
Gentle density = affordable, inclusive, & sustainable 💚
Current research suggests that gentle density, referring to a dense layout of low-rise buildings, is the best urban form for low-carbon cities. Paris is a real-world example of such urban growth pattern.
#GentleDensity #Housing #UrbanForm #Yimby #SmartGrowth #Urbanism #sustainability #SustainableCity

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