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Californians Rally to Fix A Broken Housing Market

March 5, 2008

Los Angeles, CA - They say you know it's bad when firemen, police officers and teachers can't afford to live in the communities they serve. Today hundreds of residents and housing advocates will gather outside Los Angeles City Hall to address the city's shortage of affordable housing.

The coalition, called Housing L.A., will unveil a three point plan to produce more homes and protect those at risk of being converted to expensive condos or even demolition. Paul Zimmerman with the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing, says they're asking the mayor and city council to act now.

"We should be producing about 6,000 affordable homes annually and we've only been producing about 2,400 a year. That's about 40 percent of what we need."

The plan also calls for a dedicated long-term source of funding to help build new affordable homes and for a mixed-income ordinance that requires private developers include affordable apartments in their plans. Several council members have already endorsed the plan and say they'll work to produce legislation. Some developers argue a mixed-income ordinance would slow growth in an area where land costs are high and the permitting process is long.

Zimmerman wants to continue the momentum that began late last year to provide a steady supply of safe and affordable homes.

"We're looking at a crisis which is going to take years to solve, but unless we take the really first definitive steps now we will never begin to attack the problem."

More information is available online at www.scanph.org.

Lori Abbott/Eric Mack, Public News Service - CA