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Santa Monica approves non-compliant housing element

HCD must hold the city accountable. Santa Monica’s housing element doesn’t fulfill its RHNA target of 8,895 homes. The city council approved it anyway. Last Tuesday, Santa Monica’s city council approved the housing element as is by a 5-2 vote. With only Councilmember Gleam Davis and Vice Mayor Kristin McCowan opposing, the majority NIMBY city […]

Friend, set your alarm at 8:30 am

LA’s housing element comes back for a hearing with the Planning Commission TOMORROW at 8:30 am. Send in a letter & speak up in support of equitable, transformative rezoning!     If you live or work in Los Angeles, now is your opportunity to give input on the city’s housing element! You can view the draft here and/or read […]

This week in housing – housing elements and funny neighbors

This week is all about Funny Neighbors! But first, a quick reminder… Santa Monica & LA’s city councils will hear housing elements this week Housing elements determine housing affordability and fairness in these two job-rich cities. To learn more, visit our brand-new Online Action page. You can take action for the geographic area where you […]

Friend, help protect the path to fair housing

HCD must enforce its own law Fair Housing Act became the law of the land in 1968. Why do patterns of segregation persist to this day? The 1960s were an era of great struggles but also remarkable progress on civil rights, culminating in the year 1968. On February 29th of that year, the National Advisory […]

Urge LA leaders: legalize missing middle

Newsom signs SB 9 as LA prepares housing element hearings. Newsom signed SB 9 into law last week. We will work to ensure this is only the beginning of a transformative reform on housing and land use.     Beginning Jan 1st 2022, you can build up to 4 homes on most parcels zoned for […]

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AHLA in the News

Santa Monica Rallies for Low-Cost Housing, The Corsair | 10/14/2021

Editorial: Los Angeles will soon have a plan to start solving its housing crisis, LA Times | 10/14/2021

Southern California Doesn’t Have to Choose Between Housing and the Environment, Streetsblog Los Angeles | 10/06/2021

SoCal is sabotaging California housing law. Bay Area NIMBYs will, too, if Newsom doesn’t stop them, San Francisco Chronicle | 09/20/2021

Housing Los Angelenos is a human right and can fight climate change, The Urban Activist | 08/17/2021

L.A.’s Transit Oriented Communities Program Likely to Benefit from A.B. 1401, Streetsblog California | 06/25/2021

Single-Family Zoning and Exclusion in L.A. County: Part 2, City Observatory | 05/27/2021

Single-Family Zoning and Exclusion in L.A. County: Part 1, City Observatory | 05/24/2021

Parking Requirements Are Not a Useful Bargaining Chip for Increasing Affordable Housing, Streetsblog California | 05/19/2021

After years of dramatic increases, rents are finally showing signs of slowing, LA Times | 09/21/2018

LA will attempt to densify some Expo Line neighborhoods, Curbed LA | 07/03/2018

The YIMBYs are coming: LA’s pro-development groups are building momentum, The Real Deal | 06/29/2018

L.A. PLUM Committee Defers To Koretz, Approves Worthwhile But Slightly Watered-Down Expo Zoning Plan, Streetsblog LA | 06/28/2018

How can L.A. build dense new housing without displacing working families? With a ‘right to remain’, LA Times | 02/12/2018

Pat Morrison Asks: Abundant Housing LA’s Mark Vallianatos on the dangers of Measure S, LA Times | 03/01/2017

Yimby Nation: The Rise of America’s Pro-Housing Political Coalition, Forbes | 12/25/2016

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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: http://tinyurl.com/FunnyNeighbors
#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
Enforcing parking *minimum* near transit makes no sense at all! 🤷🏻‍♀️ AB 1401 will fix this - it combats climate change AND makes homes more affordable. It faces an important (read: pass or die) hearing THIS THU, please help support by calling your Senator today:  cayimby.org/call-ab1401 
Call script: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xLarhCJ9aqxNNi0QliejFs-LPwnEDmxa5N-vv8UKoO4/edit?usp=sharing

We need AB 1401 to become the law!
#AB1401 #transit #housing #urbanplanning #housingpolicy #housingshortage #housingcrisis #climatechange #ClimateEmergency