LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Hundreds of Angelenos Wednesday converged on the steps of City Hall to call attention to what they say is a lack of affordable housing in Los Angeles.
Members of local renters’ advocacy groups were joined by City Councilman Gil Cedillo to declare April 23 “Renters’ Day” to highlight the issue, which organizers say affects about 66 percent of LA residents.
For every 100 low-income families in Los Angeles, there are only 17 available units that are affordable at their income levels, according to community organizers. Rent-controlled housing, meanwhile, is on the decline, with a 40 percent jump in requests to convert or demolish those units in lieu of market-rate housing.
KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports Cedillo joined with more than 20 organizations working with low-income, working-class, and middle-class renters to introduce the resolution, which was followed by a presentation during the City Council meeting.