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…

One third of Angelenos spend more than half their income on rent

57,000 people live in the streets and shelters in L.A. County – a 75% increase since 2012.

600,000 units are needed to meet demand of lower-income renters.

L.A.’s skyrocketing housing costs have made it one of the most expensive places to live in the nation – worse than San Francisco, Seattle and New York. Most residents can’t afford to buy a house and rents are the least affordable they’ve ever been. More and more families are just one paycheck away from being forced into homelessness.

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.

Our Achievements

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

November 2018

October 2018

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

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

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September 2017

March 2017

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

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

March 2017

November 2016

Prop. HHH passes with active support from LABC

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

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April 2015

October 2014

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

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

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October 2009

News from the labc

Los Angeles Business Council Statement on Prop 10

Los Angeles Business Council Statement on Prop 10

In light of the defeat of Proposition 10 – an initiative our organization strongly opposed – the Los Angeles Business Council urges policy leaders at both the state and local level to get back to the important work of exploring smart, effective and vetted policy options to better serve the people of California.

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L.A.’s Tight Housing Market Bad for Business

L.A.’s Tight Housing Market Bad for Business

Op-ed coauthored by Mary Leslie, LABC President, and Gary Painter, director of the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal tackles how employers can step up to the plate on housing.

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2019 Mayoral Housing Transportation and Jobs Summit

Friday, November 22 | 8:00 am - 2:30 pm | UCLA Luskin Conference Center

Join us for a discussion with three of California's most prominent mayors about the mounting affordable housing and congestion crisis and its effect on businesses and employment in the L.A. region.

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