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Housing Lessons From My Neighborhoods, Part I

We all come to housing advocacy from different places, literally and figuratively. As I take on the role of Director of Policy and Research for Abundant Housing LA, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself, in the context of the neighborhoods where I have lived.  Neighborhoods help to shape us in powerful and […]

AHF claims to fight for housing rights. Its track record says otherwise

Last month, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) filed a lawsuit in an attempt to block LA’s housing element, which will rezone to increase the city’s housing capacity. The extent of LA’s rezone is informed by recent development trends to ensure the city has a total realistic capacity of 456,000 homes – including 184,721 income-restricted homes – […]

A majority of LA voters back zoning reform, are you in?

Between 2011 and 2017, LA added 5.55 workers for each 1 home that was built. Restrictive zoning is the reason why. A majority of LA renters have had to cut back on basic needs to afford rent. Many families had gone into debt just to stay sheltered. Voters have been waiting for our elected leaders to act on homelessness and […]

AHLA helped achieve historic housing reform in 2021

2021 is a year of historic progress on housing reform. Abundant Housing LA is fortunate to be at the forefront of many battles that helped bring these victories to LA County and California. Read on for some highlights from this rewarding year! A message from Leonora  2021 was a year of major housing victories. Building […]

By the Numbers: A Closer Look at Cities’ Housing Elements

The holidays may be fast-approaching, but here at Abundant Housing LA, our scrutiny of bad housing elements continues. We’re delivering lots of coal to city councils that have spent the past year finding excuses for not encouraging housing growth and not ending exclusionary zoning, and we’re urging pro-housing city councilmembers to continue the fight for […]

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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 🙌🏼.
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#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 🙏🏼👊🏼
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#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? 
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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. 
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#HousingPolicy #HousingLaw #SanDiego #YIMBY #AffordableHousing #FairHousing
🌴Touring #AffordableHousing on the Westside!
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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.
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#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.
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‼Support our work to create more Affordable Housing than ever: http://tinyurl.com/FunnyNeighbors
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#HousingForAll #LegalizeHomes #Yimby #housingcrisis #housingmarket
Gentle density = affordable, inclusive, & sustainable 💚
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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. 
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-08-25/to-cut-carbon-think-low-rise-buildings-not-skyscrapers
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#GentleDensity #Housing #UrbanForm #Yimby #SmartGrowth #Urbanism #sustainability #SustainableCity