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Housing Our City. Presentation to Congress of Neighborhood Councils September 16, 2006. A Housing Crisis in our City?. There are roughly 48,000 homeless men, women and children in the City of Los Angeles on any given night.

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Housing Our City

Presentation to

Congress of Neighborhood Councils

September 16, 2006


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A Housing Crisis in our City?

  • There are roughly 48,000 homeless men, women and children in the City of Los Angeles on any given night.

  • Less than 2% of the homes sold in Los Angeles during the past three months were affordable to median income earners.

  • 65% of Los Angeles renters cannot afford rent on a 2-bedroom apartment at Fair Market Rent. (An income of $47,560 is needed to afford $1,189/month.)

  • Many working families live in overcrowded and unsafe buildings which strain infrastructure and contribute to neighborhood blight.

  • Angelenos who want to own homes are forced to live long distances from their jobs in order to afford homeownership. Longer commutes increase traffic and pollution.


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Housing Production Not Keeping Pace with Population Growth

+209,422

3.7 Million

35,600

Total Housing Permits Approved1990-2000

Los Angeles Population Increase 1990-2000


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National Overcrowding Rates


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Not Just A Housing Shortage

Overcrowding

Long Commutes

Rising Home Prices

Higher Rents


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Who Can Afford Housing in Our City?

Los Angeles Housing Wage:

Renters in City of LA

$27.42/hour

$57,040/year

Homebuyers in City of LA

$70.68/hour

$147,018/year

Source: “Out of Reach 2006”, SCANPH Report


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Rents Out of Reach

Waiters $17,216/year

Office Clerk $26,311/year

Social Workers $39,346/year

Electricians $49,829/year

Clergy $52,237/year


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Homeownership Out of Reach

High School Teacher $60,537/year

Firefighters $66,307/year

Patrol Officers $67,693/year

Registered Nurses $67,775/year

Pharmacists $95,280/year


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Living Paycheck to Paycheck

Pay Check to Pay Check: Los Angeles Rental Market

2005 Fair Market Rent: 1BR $900, 2BR $1124

Copyright 2000-2006 Center for Housing Policy


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What is Affordable Housing?

  • What makes housing “affordable” is a healthy ratio of housing cost to household income, generally accepted as 30%.

  • But 65% of L.A. renters spend more than 50% of their income on rent.


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What is Affordable Housing?

The Fair Market Rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is $1189.

At current rents, a family earning minimum wage would have to work a 135-hour week to foot the bill for a mean-priced two-bedroom rental.


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What is Affordable Housing?

Affordable Housing not only improves people’s lives, it also improves neighborhoods.


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St. Andrew Bungalow Court

1514-44 N. St Andrews in Council District 13.

BEFORE


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St. Andrew Bungalow Court

1514-44 N. St Andrews in Council District 13.

AFTER


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Views at 270

  • Views at 270 is a 56 unit Large Familymixed use development project located at Sunset Blvd. and Western Avenue in Council District 13.


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Palomar Apartments

  • Palomar is a 27 unit Senior & Family affordable housing rehabilitation project, located at 5473 Santa Monica Blvd. in Council District 13.


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Skyline Village Apartments

  • Skyline Village Apts. is a 73 unit new construction affordable housing project, located at 420 Lucas Avenue, in Council District 1.


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Skyline Village Apartments

Courtyard


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The Asbury Apartments

  • The Asbury Apts. is a 97 unit Senior & Family affordable housing rehabilitation project, located at 2500-2504 W. 6thSt. in Council District 01.


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The Asbury Apartments

Lobby


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Allesandro Apartments

  • The Allesandro is a new construction project of 18 Special Needs units located at 1934 Alessandro St. in Council District 13.


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Taking a Closer Look


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Step 2: Think About Pedestrians


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Step 3: Fill In The Gaps


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Which neighborhood do you prefer?


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Next Steps

How can Neighborhood Councils be involved in helping solve the housing crisis in Our City?


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