Los Angeles to speed up affordable housing production through executive order

(SMARTCITIES) Danielle McLean, December 22, 2022

Dive Brief:

  • Karen Bass, Los Angeles’ newly sworn-in mayor, signed an executive order on Friday expediting the process for approving affordable housing projects to address the city’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. 
  • Through the executive order, the city will complete the approval process of housing developments that are 100% affordable within 60 days. And, after construction starts, the permitting, utility and certificate of occupancy process will be completed within five days, Bass said during Friday’s press conference.
  • During an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Bass also said the city would move many people who are homeless and living in encampments into hotel and motel rooms. The Inside Safe program would not force people to move into those spaces and would not include the city clearing homeless encampments, Bass said.

Dive Insight:

In her first official action as mayor last week, Bass declared a state of emergency on homelessness instructing city departments to speed up the approval process for affordable housing development projects. Before becoming mayor, Bass said she would bring indoors 17,000 of the estimated 40,000 people experiencing homelessness in the city during her first year in office, the Los Angeles Times reported.  

The Inside Safe program would provide immediate shelter for unsheltered residents, while Friday’s executive order would help increase the number of affordable units available to those experiencing homelessness. 

“As mayor, I will not accept any delays of any kind when it comes to the homelessness emergency,” Bass said during Friday’s press conference.

Source: Smart Cities