It is essential for individuals and communities to have clean air, water, and soil, as well as to feel safe and secure in their daily lives. Los Angeles County, like much of the United States, has a long history of discriminatory public policy that has led to housing and land use patterns in which low-income communities and communities of color are is proportionately burdened by pollution exposure, affordability challenges, and diminished access to economic opportunity, parks, and open space.
One of the most egregious practices was that of “redlining.” This government-supported practice exacerbated inequity by prioritizing home loans in desirable areas for White homeowners, driving away minority families and leaving them with fewer pathways to home ownership, reduced economic security, and the decreased ability to adapt to environmental shocks and stresses.
Zoning, one of the most powerful policy tools available to local governments, has been used to prevent historically impacted communities from moving into desirable areas. One example of this is the placing of physical and land use-based restrictions on the types of housing and amenities that could be built within those areas.
With collaboration and support from local jurisdictions and unincorporated areas, OurCounty will promote thriving places for current and future generations. We will work to eliminate inequities and alleviate development-driven displacement, supporting stronger, more resilient and inclusive communities.
Minimize the exposure of vulnerable populations to pollution and reduce health disparitiesRead more
Develop land use tools that will help minimize adverse, cumulative pollution impacts on residential and sensitive uses through rigorous community engagementRead more
Increase housing affordabilityRead more
Ensure household utility affordabilityRead more
Ensure access to safe, clean, affordable waterRead more
Develop community capacity to respond to emergenciesRead more