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L.A. County Has the Biggest Shortfall of Affordable Housing

The study concluded that 91 percent of the county's very low-income households do not have access to an affordable home.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Los Angeles County's stock of affordable housing for low- and extremely low-income families is short by nearly 500,000 homes, the highest shortfall of any county in the state, according to a report released Thursdayday by a pair of nonprofit groups.

The report by the California Housing Partnership Corporation and Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing called on the county Board of Supervisors to take action to meet the housing needs of low-income residents.

According to the report, about 1 million low-income households in California do not have access to affordable housing. In Los Angeles County, the problem worsened between 2000 and 2012, when median rents rose by 25 percent while median incomes declined by 9 percent, the report found.

The study concluded that 91 percent of the county's very low-income households -- including seniors, disabled people and families of three earning around $38,000 a year -- do not have access to an affordable home.

According to the study's authors, the elimination of redevelopment agencies cost Los Angeles County about $250 million a year in funding for affordable housing, while federal housing funds were cut by 62 percent.

"This report points out empirically what low-income county residents already know -- the cost of a home continues to go up while their incomes continue to go down," according to Alan Greenlee of SCANPH. "This fact threatens the strength of our entire community by impacting our infrastructure, our air quality and more importantly the families who are suffering from poor quality of life.

"We need to act now because the housing market has not kept up with the housing needs," he said. "We're not entering a crisis, the crisis is already here."

—City News Service

Steve Lamb May 30, 2014 at 10:22 AM
The only problem with affordable housing in LA is the conspiracy between local governments through their codes and the realtors to make it literally impossible. Dense subsidized units, the only present option don't work. Small answers like granny flats, bungalow courts and mews housing do, If you look at Portland they have re altered their code to allow these types again and the natural market has with almost no subsidy eliminated the majority of their housing shortage. This is a "problem" created by government to concentrate opportunity and wealth into the hands of campaign donors.
mark Smith May 30, 2014 at 10:35 AM
A possible addition to concerns and observations by the prior poster, transportation has become a deciding factor either by surface streets, freeway or rail commuting to and from work or schools etc.
R. Ray Morford May 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM
Liberals will bring up the RACE ISSUE, but our open border causes low income households. How about more jobs and lower taxes.
Gracie Grey May 30, 2014 at 05:37 PM
I'm not that politically knowable,yet are we not going 2 have cut back's?(more of them)What I can't understand is the mindset of individuals that expect 2 saunter in for inexpensive housing.
Vito Spago June 01, 2014 at 08:55 AM
Hypocricy is beyond belief here. Government has been trying for the last 6 years to bring the US out of recession. In the past a housing recovery has always led the US out of recession. In the mind of feeble economists, a housing recovery means blowing up the housing bubble with rock bottom mortgage rates and sky high sales prices and rents. Well they can take a bow. Us homeowners and landlords are unbelievably RICH and the poor are unbelievably SCREWED. What else is new? BTW, the RE bubble is going to burst again and we will enjoy another RE cycle like in 2008. Enjoy being underwater, homeowners.

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