Officials say more affordable housing construction is critical to reducing a growing homeless population in Los Angeles as a shortage of 517,000 low-income housing units plagues Los Angeles County, according to a 2019 report from the California Housing Partnership and the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing.
The county’s homeless population grew 12% last year while the city’s grew 16%, according to data released in June by Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).
Locally, in Los Angeles Council District 4 (CD4)—which includes Los Feliz, the Hollywood Hills and Silver Lake—five housing projects have been started or completed in the last year in to create as many as new 460 beds for those experiencing homelessness, according to CD4 officials.
Per the LAHSA count, CD4 had the highest percentage gain of homelessness last year, up 53% to 1,187 people, according to count data.
“Los Angeles is not suffering from a housing crisis, it’s suffering from an affordable housing crisis,” said CD4 Councilmember David Ryu in a statement. “Massive giveaways to developers and trickle-down housing policy won’t solve this crisis. We need more affordable housing and more tenant protections now.”
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