Additionally, the creation of a trust fund for housing could help to alleviate some of the economic burden on developers in Los Angeles. As compared to other major metropolis' such as San Jose, New York, and Chicago, Los Angeles uses the least amount of federal block grant funds on affordable housing on a per person basis, with just $23 per resident (In Short Demand). In addition to adopting an inclusionary zoning ordinance, the city should also implement an in-lieu fee to help fund it. Such a fee could be an alternative method to the institution of including an affordable unit in new developments, and could be directly applied to a housing trust fund. Estimates indicate that a $7 per square foot in-lieu fee would produce a surplus of upwards of $20 million a year, and could be used to remedy the housing shortage that not only affects Latinos, but other minority groups in Los Angeles as well (In Short Demand).
Interestingly enough, some of the aforementioned reforms have been given a significant amount of consideration by both the city of Los Angeles and several of its housing agencies. In response to what was considered a citywide housing crisis, former city council members Reyes, Garcetti, Villaraigosa, Padilla and Miscikowski proposed a motion in April of 2004 that was eventually approved by the City Council to introduce an inclusive zoning ordinance to benefit seekers of low income housing, a group which is partly comprised of Latinos (Los Angles Housing Department). Among other measures included in the ordinance were requests for a percentage of total units to be for affordable housing, with developers being granted an option to choose among setting aside 12% of their rental units for households with incomes at or below 50% of median income, granting 10% of their rental units to be dedicated to Section 8 status, 20% of for-sale units to be set aside for households with incomes below 80% of the median income, or to partition 40% of single family and condominium units to be occupied by households 120% below that of the area's median income (Los Angeles Housing Department). Other stipulations included a maximum affordable housing expense, a citywide geographic applicability,...
The implementation of the preceding recommendations would help to alleviate the problems of overcrowding and enclave housing previously outlined. To remain a viable entity in today's demanding economic times, the city can afford to do no less.
Kushner, James. Gov. Discrimination: Equal Protection Law & Litigation. Eagan: Clark Boardman Callaghan, 2008. Print
Los Angeles Housing Department, "Program Components -- City of Los Angeles Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance. 2004. Web. http://cityplanning.lacity.org/Code_Studies/other/ProposedICPolicyMatrix.PDF
Los Angeles Housing Department. In Short Supply: Recommendations of the Los Angeles Housing Crisis task Force. 1999. Web. http://www.ci.la.ca.us/lahd/shrtsup2k.PDF
Liu, Cathy. "Ethnic Enclave Residence and Employment Accessibility of Latino Workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington D.C." University of Southern California, 2008. Web. http://www.usc.edu/schools/sppd/lusk/research/pdf/wp_2008-1001.pdf
Forty Years After The Passage of The Fair Housing Act, Housing Discrimination and Segregation Continue. n.d. Web. http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/fairhousing/forty-years.html
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Despite the Promise of the Fair Housing Act, the Rate of Housing Discrimination Remains High. n.d. Web. http://www.civilrights.org/publications/reports/fairhousing/discrimination-rate.html
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law. Low-Income Latino Families, Represented by Cal. Rural Legal Assistance & Cal. Affordable Housing Project, File Federal Lawsuit Alleging Housing Discrimination by City of Buellton, Cal. 2002. Web. http://www.brennancenter.org/content/elert/low_income_latino_families_represented_by_cal_rural_legal_assistance_cal_af/
Los Angeles There is a lot to marvel at when it comes to Los Angeles. Indeed, the Los Angeles metro is second only to New York in terms of size, is home to pop culture Meccas like Hollywood and Beverly Hills and it is truly one of the few global cities that the United States has. However, they also have a lot of problems on their hands and this has been
Finally, in 1959, the last Mexican-American holdouts in Chavez Ravine were forcibly removed from their homes by police, and the bulldozers were brought in to clear all remaining buildings, according to the PBS report. Los Angeles Times reporter Dan Lai wrote in his blog on April 20, 2010: "[Chavez Ravine] is a story of broken promises, wicked land deals, slimy business proceedings, highly questionable political wrangling, mayoral lies, forcible evictions, eminent
Eras in the Development of Los Angeles Many marvel at how Los Angeles was able to develop from a remote pueblo into one of the country's largest commercial hubs. Truth is that colonialism and the spread of Christianity had a hand, influencing how people interacted with each other, and with their land; and in turn shaping the development of the regional metropolis that we live in today. The permanent exhibition,
Rodney King Riots Los Angeles, a city of cars, stars, and ethnic neighborhoods, rests on the edge of a continent and shimmers with the promise of dreams fulfilled. But, as the late L.A. native and journalist George Ramos publicly confided on the front page of the Los Angeles Times, in the aftermath of the 1992 race riots, "Los Angeles, you broke my heart. And I'm not sure I'll love you
London Housing The research was undertaken to study the link between inequality and depravity, poverty and crime in the housing structures of London. The study found that there is wide spread economic disparity in London. This divide is evident in the living styles and the types of housing structures that people live in. The council or housing estates of the city are primarily the residences of the lower income families. This
" (Finnerty, 2008) It is reported that those who suffer from co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse problems are also likely to be homeless. According to the Health Care for the Homeless Clinicians' Network (2000) "Co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse makes it more likely that people will be chronically homeless." (cited in Finnerty, 2008) Factors that are known to contribute to homelessness in those with co-occurring mental illness and