Combatting Renter Displacement In Hollywood

 

Hollywood Corner

March 9, 2021

Nearly 13,000 Latinx residents were pushed out of Hollywood between 2000 and 2010.

This is part of a larger problem, in which Black and brown renters are being displaced across LA.

But there’s something that can be done about it right now. 

Community Plans are a huge part of how LA decides the future of its neighborhoods: what they look like, who can live in them -- and who can’t.

Hollywood’s plan is being updated right now, and it will have a big impact on whether renters can stay in their neighborhoods.

Decades of restrictive zoning in wealthy parts of LA have had a devastating two-part effect, driving up prices citywide and channeling development pressure onto historically marginalized neighborhoods.

Even as LA’s Latinx population grew by over 10% overall between 2000 and 2010, it declined by 17% in Hollywood.

As the former pastor at Blessed Sacrament on Sunset Boulevard asked LA Weekly, are policymakers “on the mark with fixing Hollywood, or are they clearing out what they don't want?”

The displacement of Hollywood’s Latinx population is playing out on an even bigger scale in the multi-decade decline in LA’s Black population -- from around 500k residents (or 18% of LA) in 1970 to around 350k (or less than 9% of LA) today.

In CA, 64% of Black renters pay more than 30% of their income for housing, compared with 58% of Latinx households and 50% of white households. 

Nearly 40% of Black California tenants spend more than half of their income on rent.

Left with no affordable options, many of LA’s Black renters are leaving the city entirely. 

In recognition of this crisis, a collection of faith, environmental, labor, community, and housing organizations rallied together to form the Just Hollywood coalition, which has been advocating for more equitable and sustainable policies in the Hollywood Community Plan.

The coalition -- which includes the Coalition for Economic Survival,  UNITE HERE Local 11, ACT-LA, Thai CDC and LA Voice -- is advocating for a plan that incorporates strong anti-displacement protections, more affordable housing, and increased public transit. 

We support Just Hollywood in advocating:

• To replace existing affordable units in new buildings + allow the people living in them to return at affordable prices
• To increase public input + restrict the conversion of housing for hotel projects

We also agree that Hollywood needs more affordable housing. We can accomplish this by:

• Ensuring existing affordable units are replaced in addition to other affordability requirements for new buildings
• Making affordability covenants in new buildings extend in perpetuity 

Finally, we agree that added density, floor area ratio, and height shouldn’t be given away to developers for free. Instead, it must be tied to ambitious affordability requirements in new buildings.

Next Thursday, the Hollywood Plan goes back in front of the City Planning Commission.

In the meantime, we’ll keep breaking down important issues within the draft plan, and how you can advocate for a diverse and equitable Hollywood for decades to come.

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See the original Twitter thread here