Last week, Judge David Carter ordered the City of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County to provide shelter to all Skid Row residents who are experiencing homelessness. His order dives into the historical roots of housing scarcity, discrimination, and poor planning in Los Angeles, and speaks to the terrible impact of L.A.’s continued failure to encourage strong housing growth, bring down sky-high housing costs, and end homelessness.
Judge Carter’s order also addressed the need for a high-quality housing element update and for rezoning that accommodates more housing production citywide. He ordered the City Council’s Homelessness Committee to issue a report within 30 days with specific actions that address structural barriers to housing, and “the possibility of rezoning to accommodate more multifamily housing”.
All this makes sense: Los Angeles needs more housing, at all levels of income, to end the housing crisis. A transformative housing element will also ensure that people who are experiencing homelessness have a path to stable permanent housing and services, and will prevent homelessness in the first place by reducing housing costs.
Judge Carter’s order is a long-overdue wakeup call for our city’s leaders. Instead of continuing to perpetuate an unfair status quo, the City needs to create a high-quality housing element that will generate 450,000 more homes by 2029. We also need forward-thinking policies that legalize housing, make housing easier to build, fund affordable housing, and strengthen tenants’ rights. And we must provide individual temporary shelter, like Project Roomkey hotel rooms, and permanent supportive housing, not dormitory shelters, to everyone experiencing homelessness on Skid Row. Funds for supportive housing must not be reduced for short-term temporary shelter. This is how we’ll solve the housing affordability and homelessness crises in Los Angeles.
Tell Mayor Garcetti and the City Council that you support a high-quality housing element, because homes solve homelessness.
Exploring Housing and the Environment: How can we Address the Climate Crisis through Housing Policy?
April 28, 2021 6pm
AHLA is excited to announce Our Future LA! Our Future is a coalition committed to fundamentally changing how we create housing, protect renters, and address racist policies that keep people poor. Learn more, and sign up at http://ourfuture.la
Spotlight – AHLA’s new board member, Mark Edwards
We are excited to welcome longtime Abundant Housing member Mark Edwards to our board! Mark R. Edwards is the Vice President of Government Relations for a leading nonprofit, which is a 90 -year leader in helping people overcome barriers to employment. Prior to his present job, Mark was the sole proprietor of MRE Communications, which specialized in assisting clients in developing and implementing clear and cost-effective strategies that achieved their goals. His last contract was the No on Measure S campaign where he was a key member of the community engagement team. Raised in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, he has lived in Los Angeles County since 1995.