LA is considering fast tracking some homeless housing projects, but some community members push back

Feb 12, 2018


Homeless veteran Kendrick Bailey (C) and General Dogon (L) outside Bailey’s tent on a streetcorner near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 20, 2017. ; Credit: FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images


Los Angeles City is considering allowing homeless housing projects to circumvent certain review processes, but some community groups don’t want to cede local control and are afraid that this might result in housing that’s too concentrated in specific geographic locations.  

City Council will be considering two measures Tuesday. One ordinance would help permanent supportive housing circumvent certain review processes, such as environmental review, and would allow them to bypass certain parking requirements. The other would facilitate the process of turning motels into temporary supportive housing.

Certain community groups such as Venice Vision have pushed back on the measures, saying that they take too much power away from local communities and might result in concentrated homeless housing in some neighborhoods and not others.

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Mark Vallianatos, co-founder and policy director of the group Abundant Housing L.A., a volunteer pro-housing organization that advocates for housing in LA County; he tweets @markvalli

Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, a neighborhood organization

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