I am a vocal proponent for directing Proposition H and HHH funds toward services for people and not towards subsidizing politically connected real estate developers or criminalizing homelessness. We will promote a Housing First policy that the City of Los Angeles originally adopted in the 1980’s, which provides a pathway for the homeless to become more self-reliant.
We need to deal with the affordable housing crisis, and repealing Costa Hawkins and the Ellis Act would be a start. We need to fund the construction and maintenance of affordable housing, and permanent supportive housing. The requirements for all construction needs to maintain regulations that require a minimum volume of affordable housing. There are too many people-less homes that could serve to house those without. We should give cities the power to municipalize foreclosed homes and use them to implement a housing-first strategy.
Old motels can be converted to public housing that could provide a more affordable stock than paying developers to build new housing. We need to recognize that we can’t build our way out of the housing shortage if affordable housing units are being taken off the market on a daily basis. An important part of the equation is protecting the existing affordable housing stock.
Our campaign has worked with Neighborhood Council Homeless Liaisons, volunteered at Homeless Connect Days, and organized with the Los Angeles Tenants Union. With the thousands of people living in their cars, we are actively recruiting and researching options and opportunities for Safe Parking in the West San Fernando Valley.
People realize the need for a compassionate solution to the housing crisis. We must address the root causes of poverty, mental health, drug addiction, and family turmoil. Fortunately, Angelenos have voted to increase taxes to address this issue, and we are coming together to implement a range of solutions that will materially benefit those people living on the streets in the short and the long-term.