ERIC Number: ED316593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Housing in Los Angeles: Affordable Housing for the Future.
Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Committee for Affordable Housing, CA.
A 1988 mayoral committee assessed the seriousness of Los Angeles (California) housing problems and found that the city's housing efforts were sufficient in the 1960s, when the Federal Government took primary responsibility for housing and the average wage was adequate to support the cost of the average house or apartment. However, the following factors have since had a negative effect on the city's housing system: (1) population has grown faster than housing production; (2) land has become scarce and expensive; (3) the economy is generating a higher proportion of low wage jobs; (4) a "no growth" attitude limits housing production; and (5) federal support has decreased by 75 percent since 1980. The following key findings are reported: (1) the housing crisis is degrading the quality of life; (2) the city must assume full responsibility for solving the crisis; (3) housing resources must triple to keep the problem from getting worse; (4) a strategic housing production plan is essential to effective coordination and utilization of housing resources; (5) the majority of resources should be targeted to serve the neediest income groups; (6) preservation of existing affordable units should be given priority; (7) publicly assisted housing should remain affordable for at least 30 years; (8) private sector production can no longer be relied upon; and (9) high volume housing production requires predictability of resources. Recommendations for improvement emphasize a housing commission to develop policy, generate resources, and coordinate the fragmented housing delivery service. Specific recommendations are included in the reports of the following subcommittees which make up more than half the document: (1) Housing Commission; (2) New Development Concepts; (3) Brick Buildings; (4) Partnerships; (5) Expiring Use Restrictions; and (6) Preservation. (FMW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Blue Ribbon Committee for Affordable Housing, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)