Taking Steps to Ease Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles

Houses under construction on Bowes Street as part of Infusion Homes development in Moss Side, ManchesterI would argue that perhaps the biggest crisis facing America today is our lack of affordable housing. I would also argue that our lack of affordable housing has the biggest influence on the increase of people experiencing homelessness. In addition, if we were actually able to increase affordable housing units, it’d continue to contend doing so would be the biggest influence on reducing homelessness across America.

According to a new report from National Low Income Housing Coalition:

“In the United States, the 2014 two-bedroom Housing Wage is $18.92. This national average is more than two-and-a-half times the federal minimum wage, and 52 percent higher than it was in 2000. In no state can a full-time minimum wage worker afford a one-bedroom or a two-bedroom rental unit at Fair Market Rent.

From CNN:

“A recent Harvard Joint Center for Housing study spells out a critical national shortage — more than half of low-income tenants today spend more than half of their income on rent. And 21 million people can’t find rental homes within their means. The struggle for decent, affordable rental housing is increasingly out of reach not only for the poorest of the poor, but for the middle class as well.”

Take a look at some of these Los Angeles statistics:

— “The median price of a new apartment in Los Angeles in January 2013 was $1,770 which requires an annual income of $70,800 to be affordable.

— The federal government says that paying more than 30 percent of one’s income represents a cost burden leaving insufficient income for other basic needs.

— The city’s median rent increased 31 percent from 2000 to 2010 compared to an increase in incomes of just 1.2 percent.”

Our affordable housing crisis is almost old news. We often hear about the problems getting worse, yet rarely do we hear about solutions being placed into action. Councilmembers Mitch O’Farrell, Felipe Fuentes and Gil Cedillo co-introduced motions aimed at fixing the affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles. You can read the Affordable Housing Motion here.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Daily News published an opinion piece from Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell titled: “Taking steps to ease affordable housing crisis in Los Angeles.” It’s an important article and an even more important conversation us Angelenos need to pay attention to — and support!

I was honored to spend a moment with Councilmember O’Farrell talking about affordable housing in Los Angeles. Please watch and share this video with your networks. Please support any initiative that helps incentivize the creation of badly-needed affordable housing. If we don’t act now it will be too late!

photo by: Alex Pepperhill
  • Jeff Barns

    i know a homeless woman who i started a fund raiser for she has two children and it just sad that even our local department can’t even help her because they don’t have no more funding. She is also released foster care child who was raised by the system and on her 21st birthday she was dropped off at homeless shelter and told to have a nice life did anyone ever ask what happen to foster care youth who leave the system after there 21st birthday and where do they go when they don’t have niether a friend or family. ion there own. I feel so ashmaed to be called an free american living the american dream when there are women and children and people all over suffuring because they have the lack of fund or support to help them make it let alone the proper tools to make it on there own because everyone need someone and help at some givin point in time. I hope that someone would help[ her find proper shelter instead sleeping on side of busy highway with two children who could wander into this busy highway street and being able to properly put diapers n child and have proper medical attention. I just wish the best for her and two little boys. I vist her daily and for reason she still smiles and says god will provide i just have to keep trying I swear she lease help with her is an inspiration. please help with her fund go to gofund.me/tv25g45g

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