The housing affordability crisis is impacting a growing number of County residents. OurCounty recognizes that even as we seek to minimize sprawl, we must continue to prioritize efforts to make housing more affordable. Access to stable and affordable housing is essential for human development, particularly for children whose health, well-being, and school performance can be impacted by housing conditions and the stress of insecure housing. Furthermore, housing affordability is an essential tool to tackle one of the root causes of the homelessness crisis. Without making housing more affordable, the problem cannot be solved, despite the County's comprehensive and unprecedented effort to provide services to people experiencing homelessness.
Given the magnitude of the challenges related to housing and homelessness, existing affordable housing must be preserved and new affordable housing developed in every neighborhood. These priorities must also inform all County policies affecting the built environment, including land use and zoning.
Los Angeles County had a shortfall of 581,823 homes affordable to the lowest-income renters as of 2018 (2018 Annual Affordable Housing Outcomes Report by the California Housing Partnership Corporation)
110,000 new affordable units
300,000 new affordable units
585,000 new affordable units
580 very low-income, 108 low-income, and 0 moderate-income units had been permitted in unincorporated Los Angeles County as of 2018, compared to the 5th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation of 7,841 units, 4,644 units, and 5,052 units, respectively. (5th Cycle Annual Progress Report Permit Summary by the California Department of Housing and Community Development)
Meet 25% of RHNA housing production targets for very low, low, and moderate-income housing
Meet 50% of RHNA housing production targets for very low, low, and moderate-income housing
Meet 100% of RHNA housing production targets for very low, low, and moderate-income housing