Helping Expand LA's Housing Supply

April 9, 2021

In 2020, only 15% of unhoused Angelenos moved on to permanent housing after leaving Bridge Home shelters. Our city must do better. CD4 is teaming up with PATH on a vital program called LeaseUp to help. Here’s how you can be part of the solution.

LA doesn’t have nearly enough permanent supportive housing to match the scale of our homelessness crisis, so we often use vouchers to assist unhoused people in renting apartments on the open market. The problem is, there’s not enough landlords willing to accept them.

While it’s now illegal in LA to discriminate against prospective renters with government vouchers, it’s very hard to enforce. As a result, half of all people -- and half of homeless veterans -- who receive federal vouchers are unable to find housing.

LeaseUp was piloted in 2018 to provide incentives and safeguards -- like bonus payments, holding fees, damage insurance, and 24/7 housing support -- to landlords willing to enroll in the program and be a part of the solution. It’s been a success, but it needs our help to grow.

Because of the large volume of Project Roomkey and other interim housing sites added recently in LA, LeaseUp needs more landlords to ensure that unhoused residents find permanent housing solutions. CD4’s Volunteer Corps will be supporting PATH in that effort.

We’ll be hosting virtual sessions in the coming weeks to gather landlord contact information and make calls to spread the word about LeaseUp. To join us, sign up here: bit.ly/cd4leaseup

To learn more about LeaseUp, or sign up for the program as a landlord, go here: leaseupla.org 

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