For Immediate Release: May 16, 2023
COUNCIL ADOPTS MOTION FROM COUNCILMEMBER RAMAN TO CREATE COMPREHENSIVE AFFORDABLE HOUSING DASHBOARD
LOS ANGELES -- Last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a motion introduced by Councilmember Nithya Raman instructing the Los Angeles Housing Department (LAHD) to create a centralized, comprehensive, multilingual online dashboard that would allow tenants seeking housing to search for all available affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles. Additionally, the motion requests LAHD to find ways to simplify the process for applicants to apply to such properties.
In recent years, the City of Los Angeles has significantly increased its affordable housing supply, the majority of which has been produced through incentive-based programs like the State Density Bonus and Transit Oriented Communities Incentive programs. Yet, residents of Los Angeles who qualify for affordable housing do not currently have a comprehensive and straightforward means of finding and applying for this housing. Councilmember Raman’s legislation seeks to create a centralized system to make it easier for local residents to find and apply for available affordable housing, both publicly subsidized and privately financed, within the City’s municipal boundaries.
“In the midst of an ongoing housing crisis it is inherently very difficult for people to find housing,” said Councilmember Raman. “It is incumbent upon us as City leaders to ensure that we are creating systems to make the process of finding and applying for covenanted affordable housing as transparent and user-friendly as possible.”
Councilmember Raman’s motion instructs LAHD to report back with recommendations and a proposed implementation timeline for creating a comprehensive, multilingual online system that would allow potential applicants to search for all available affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles.