Some Developers in L.A Say They Can Build Homes for Homeless People Faster and Cheaper

Building houses for the homeless takes a lot of time and money. It is a slow and expensive process, and it gets slower and more expensive as the years pass by. Six developers, however, through their response to a challenge from L.A Mayor Eric Garcetti, say that they can do it faster and cheaper.

Pre-fab construction, simplified financing, shared housing and small-scale projects were the strategies spread through the proposals recommended Friday to share a $120-million grant funded through the city’s $1.2-billion homeless housing bond.
The proposals promise to produce 975 new units of supportive housing at an average cost of $352,000 per unit, according to a report the mayor and housing officials presented to the citizen committee tasked with oversight of the bond, Proposition HHH. The committee, which had called on the mayor last fall to conduct the innovation challenge, voted with little comment to send Garcetti’s recommended proposals on for City Council consideration.

The proposals, however, fell short of the committee’s goal of building 1,000 units in two years or less (but hey, it’s just 25 units short).

More details about the proposals over at the Los Angeles Times.

(Image Credit: Al Seib/ Los Angeles Times)

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NIMBY is alive and well, I suppose.
Here in Portland, we see a significant rise in homeless encampment beside freeways and on public parks. The people who live in them also seem to be very different: many of them are young and able-bodied, but are often strung out on drugs (even in broad daylight).
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What the article fails to mention is that the obstacles to "housing for the homeless" are not just government red tape. The real obstacle is everybody else. "Affordable Housing" brings out the mean in ordinary people who don't want "those sort of people" to "change the character of the neighborhood". And what they really mean by that is they want to safeguard their property values. With badly artificially inflated housing costs all across the country (and California in particular), few who already own a house want to jeopardize that tidy nest egg by allowing low income housing in their area to depress property values.
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