On the Front Lines of the Housing Crisis

Calling for L.A.’s homeless and affordable housing crisis to be tackled with urgent action

In Los Angeles…

Over one-third of L.A. City residents spend more than half their income on rent.

69,000 people live on the streets and in shelters in L.A. County – a number that has continued to grow over the past decade.
500,000 units are needed to meet the current demand of lower-income renters throughout L.A. County.

L.A.’s skyrocketing housing costs have made it one of the most expensive places to live in the nation – worse than New York, Boston, and D.C. Monthly housing costs as a percentage of income is higher in L.A. than almost every other major city

The LABC is on the front lines of this issue. We advocate for ways to expedite construction and improve financing of new affordable housing units. We produce new research on how the high cost of housing is burdening employers and threatening our workforce. We convene leaders and build coalitions dedicated to ending the housing affordability crisis and securing the long-term viability of our economy.

The LABC Institute sponsored a landmark study analyzing bottlenecks in L.A.’s housing development process. The study, conducted by UCLA and CSUN, recommends reforms that would sharply increase production as the city must produce five times more housing units by 2029 than were built last decade.

The LABC Institute sponsored two landmark public opinion surveys on homelessness that helped shape policy discourse on what programs and policies L.A. leaders should prioritize. In 2019 and for the follow up survey in 2021, the LABC Institute hired prominent pollster Hart Research to conduct the research in cooperation with the LA Times.

Our Achievements

2023
2023

Mayor Bass signs ED 7 to promote housing production in L.A., citing LABC’s study as a key factor for Directive.

2023
2023

LABC President & Board Members invited to serve on Mayor Bass’s Transition Team: Supports Executive Directive 1 & 2

2023
2023
LABC Board Member Jacob Lipa confirmed to serve on United to House LA Citizen Oversight Committee
2023
2023

LABC Institute commissions study from UCLA and CSUN identifying obstacles and opportunities to meeting affordable housing production target.

2021
2021
LABC Homelessness Survey Released in Cooperation with the Los Angeles Times
2019
2019

LABC Homelessness Survey Released in Cooperation with the Los Angeles Times

2019
2019
LABC convenes a working group in partnership with LA Housing & Community Investment Department (now LA Housing Department) to improve Prop HHH RFP for 11010 Santa Monica Santa Monica Blvd. Permanent Supportive Housing Project
November 2018
November 2018

Prop 10, a measure staunchly opposed by LABC is defeated by voters

October 2018
October 2018

Released “The Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles: Impacts to LA’s Fastest Growing Companies,” in partnership with USC

September 2017
September 2017

Released “Housing Pays: Capturing the Economic and Fiscal Benefits of Increased Housing Production for the City of L.A.”

March 2017
March 2017

Released “The Affordable Housing Crisis in Los Angeles: An Employer Perspective” in partnership with USC

March 2017
March 2017

Co-authored Prop. H, which was overwhelmingly approved by voters

November 2016
November 2016

Prop. HHH passes with active support from LABC

April 2015
April 2015

Released “LA’s New Frontier: Capturing Opportunities for New Housing, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in LA River Communities”

October 2014
October 2014

Mayor Garcetti announced plan to build 100,000 new housing units by 2021 at annual LABC Mayoral Housing, Transportation and Jobs Summit

October 2009
October 2009

Released the “2009 Employer Assisted Housing Andbook for Los Angeles”

Housing & Homelessness News

Editorial: DWP makes it expensive and time-consuming to build new housing. These new policies could help

Editorial: DWP makes it expensive and time-consuming to build new housing. These new policies could help

LABC Study: Major Reforms Needed to Meet L.A.’s Ambitious Housing Production Goals

LABC Study: Major Reforms Needed to Meet L.A.’s Ambitious Housing Production Goals

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