LA is experiencing one the worst housing crises in our history, and the combination of rising rents and falling incomes is wreaking havoc on low-income people. In January, more than 15,000 families getting CalWORKs and 53,000 individuals getting General Relief were homeless — that’s more homeless people in the county than the entire population of Inglewood, or Burbank, or Santa Monica. LA County has the highest poverty rate in California at 26%, according to the Public Policy Institute of California), and incomes and rents are so out of whack that we have a shortage of over a half million affordable rentals, just in LA County. And 3 out of 4 Metro riders have incomes of less than $25,000/year.
The Ridley-Thomas/Kuehl motion calls for a new Affordable Housing Programs Budget and directs the County Executive Office to find $300 million in new money to fund it over the first five years and $100 million each year after that. More than 120 organizations — including business, health, religious, environmental, services, community and housing organizations — sent in 1,700 letters and postcards in support of this motion.
Below is contact information for the five supervisors and their deputies. We encourage you to contact them to express your support for the motion. If you can also attend the hearing on the motion Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, please RSVP at www.scanph.org/register.
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc to Karly Katona: email@example.com
Supervisor Sheila Kuehl: Sheila@bos.lacounty.gov
Cc to Molly Rysman, firstname.lastname@example.org
Supervisor Hilda Solis
Cc to Angelita Ramirez, email@example.com
Cc to Maria Cabildo, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc to KeAndra Dodds, email@example.com
Supervisor Don Knabe, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc to Nick Ippolito, email@example.com
Supervisor Mike Antonovich, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cc to Lori Glasgow, email@example.com
Cc to Jarrod DeGonia, JDeGonia@lacbos.org