For Immediate Release: June 15, 2021
COUNCILMEMBER NITHYA RAMAN INTRODUCES MOTIONS TO EXPLORE PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING, STREAMLINE 100% AFFORDABLE DEVELOPMENT
LOS ANGELES -- Councilmember Nithya Raman introduced three motions today to support the building of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing in the district and across the city.
“In conversations across the district, we’ve heard a common theme: LA needs more affordable places for people to live,” said Councilmember Raman. “Our office has sought out sites for affordable and supportive housing, as well as policy strategies to build more of these units. That’s what today’s motions are about.”
The first two motions instruct the City Administrative Officer to review city-owned lots at 1905 N Highland in Hollywood and 728 S Cochran in Miracle Mile as potential sites for permanent supportive housing development — projects with built-in supportive services, and 100% of units dedicated for people experiencing homelessness -- or for 100% affordable housing. The lot in Hollywood is currently vacant, and the location in Miracle Mile is a parking lot.
Emily Uyeda Kantrim, member of the Mid Town Homeless Coalition and Mid City West resident, said, “It's exciting to have a real response to our neighborhood needs with two properties that will not displace any current residents and situate affordable housing within existing neighborhoods, where they belong. Permanent supportive housing to serve our Angelenos most in need in neighborhoods that are walkable and accessible to public transit is exactly what we need for Los Angeles to flourish.”
“Exploring a possible site for supportive or affordable housing is just the first step in a long process toward getting a project built,” said Councilmember Raman. “I’m very excited to work with city departments, builders, community organizations and residents to make sure these developments are assets to their communities and to the whole district.”
Councilmember Raman also introduced a motion to instruct the Department of City Planning and other city departments to produce a strategic plan to streamline 100% deed-restricted affordable developments in Los Angeles.
Frank Martinez, Policy Director at the Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing (SCANPH), stated that "By making it easier for nonprofit builders to get through the complicated permitting and entitlement process, Los Angeles can build more affordable housing -- and build it faster and cheaper. Let's treat affordable housing like the priority it is for Los Angeles residents. A simpler path for affordable housing construction will be a big step toward that goal."
“We’ve seen with programs like Transit Oriented Communities and permanent supportive housing streamlining that if we want to shift the housing landscape toward affordability, we need to explicitly prioritize affordability,” Councilmember Raman said.
The motion instructs the departments to consider strategies such as shorter appeal and review periods, prioritization of 100% affordable projects in the housing pipeline, and use of an administrative review process.
Councilmember Raman’s office is coordinating tours at completed permanent supportive housing sites for constituents interested in learning more about how supportive housing works. Interested constituents can sign up at bit.ly/psh-interest.