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Funding Approved for Affordable Rental Housing Projects

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LOS ANGELES — Over the past week, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved funding for 10 affordable multi-family rental housing developments (projects) selected through the No Place Like Home (NPLH) Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Round 2019-1.

The 10 projects will receive a total of $100,200,000 in NPLH funds. On April 30, 2019, the Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA), in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), issued its first NPLH NOFA in the amount of $207 million.

While an initial amount of $207 million was made available, over $500 million in project funding was requested for 68 projects. After the completion of technical review, the LACDA recommended a total of 58 projects to receive funding to the LACDA’s Board of Commissioners, which will increase the County’s supply of affordable supportive housing by 3,600 units.

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Newsom Visits SoCal Homeless Shelters to Listen to Those in Crisis

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KOREATOWN (CBSLA) — Gov. Gavin Newsom toured Southern California homeless shelters Tuesday as he continues to fight to add $750 million to tackle the homelessness crisis.

The governor started his day in Riverside before visiting a board and care facility in Koreatown where he listened to the stories and concerns of residents living there.

Newsom said that homelessness has increased in California by 16.4% from this time last year, a jump of just over 151,000 people — 108,000 of whom are unsheltered. He said he and other state law makers have taken action to help across the state.

“In the next few weeks, this city and […]

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A Map of All the HHH-Funded Housing Projects Slated for This Year

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Here’s a Map of All the HHH-Funded Housing Projects Slated to Open This Year

LOS ANGELES (LA Mag) — The $1.2 billion bond measure got off to a slow start, but 15 projects are set to be completed in 2020

Last week, city and county officials gathered to celebrate the grand opening of a new, 62-unit supportive housing project in South Los Angeles.

Located at the corner of 88th and Vermont in the Vermont Vista neighborhood, it was the first housing development to be build with funding from Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure passed by Los Angeles voters more than three years ago.

The proposition, which originally promised to fund 10,000 units of supportive housing for the chronically homeless over ten years, has fallen far short of its original goals, as projects have been beset by bureaucratic delays and skyrocketing construction costs.

So far, only 118 housing projects […]

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New 2020 Law: CA to Cap Rent Hikes for Millions of Tenants

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by Rhonda Lyons for CalMatters

CALIFORNIA — A new California law will protect about 8 million Californians from dramatic rent hikes, and from certain evictions that lack “just cause” when a lease is no longer in effect.

As of Jan. 1, some landlords will be able to increase rents by 5% plus the rate of inflation (typically 2%-3%). They also will have to provide a “just cause” for evicting tenants and, in some circumstances, pay for tenants to relocate.

California’s version of “rent control lite” is modeled after a measure Oregon adopted earlier this year. It is not as expansive as rent control recently enacted in New York.

Gov. Gavin Newsom lobbied for the new measure, arguing that it is necessary to respond to rapid gentrification, soaring rents and an epidemic of homelessness.

The new law has some important exemptions. It doesn’t apply to single-family home rentals, unless they are owned by investment firms.

In this video, CalMatters’ housing and data reporter Matt Levin breaks down the California rent control law in a minute. CalMatters is building a video playlist to explain how various new laws will influence the lives of Californians.

This article is produced as part of WeHo Daily’s partnership with CalMatters, a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters.

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