LOS ANGELES -- City Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell issued this statement following a report that shows Los Angeles County’s private housing market is not providing an adequate number of homes affordable to lower income families.

"The housing crisis continues to plague the region, and this report by the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing underscores the need to take action now," said O'Farrell.  "I have several proposals pending in committee that will address all or most of the recommendations called for by this study, including a motion I introduced on value capture. I stand with my counterparts on the local and state level, as well as our affordable housing advocates, to address what I feel is a top priority for Los Angeles." 

The California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) and the Southern California Association of Non Profit Housing (SCANPH) released the report on Wednesday. The special report, “Lack of Affordable Housing Driving More Los Angelenos Into Poverty,” is an update to the CHPC report released in March, 2014, which found that a majority of lower-income households in Los Angeles County lacked access to affordable housing units.  [SOURCE]

Councilmember O’Farrell has spent his first two years in office aggressively pursuing a solution to our affordable housing crisis, and is working on policy that would require developers to build low-income units or pay into the city's Affordable Housing Trust Fund in exchange for zoning changes, variances, or other exceptions that increase the value of the project.

O’Farrell is also actively working to provide more supportive services to our homeless population. O’Farrell signed a two-year contract with People Assisting the Homeless for $75,000 to provide street outreach, housing, and supportive services to people experiencing homelessness in the 13th District. O’Farrell also released $1.5 million in funds to renovate the Center at Blessed Sacrament to support its homeless services and transitional housing program; dedicated $150,000 in funds to the Los Angeles Youth Network for its homeless youth program; and is working to dedicate $25,000 in funds for the Los Feliz Homeless Coalition.

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