One year ago, Los Angeles’ 15 City councilmembers made a pledge to each approve at least 222 units of supportive housing in their districts by July 2020. The progress in some parts of the city has been outstanding—all in, we now have 4,120 units of Prop. HHH-funded supportive housing in the pipeline.
Many communities have gone above and beyond the call. And other districts are well on their way to meeting their commitments soon. But as Emily Alpert Reyes reports on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, the progress we are seeing has been geographically and socioeconomically uneven, reflecting the historical imbalances of subsidized housing development.
Five districts account for over 70 percent of the approved supportive housing units for people experiencing homelessness. While there is still time for lagging districts to meet their pledge to approve 222 units, this won’t happen without community engagement and strong leadership by elected officials.
We are calling on all Angelenos, but particularly those in districts where the drive toward 222 is slow, to become advocates. People are experiencing homelessness in the West San Fernando Valley. In Palms and Century City. And even in Bel-Air. These are our neighbors, friends, and relatives. These are members of our local communities. Not building housing in the hopes that they might move somewhere else is not only shortsighted, but wrong. When we passed Measure H and Proposition HHH, we made a promise to people experiencing homelessness that we would build more housing, everywhere. We must keep this promise all over Los Angeles.
Use our tracker to scope where supportive housing is being approved and tweet your support to the elected leaders who are making good on their promises.