On March 3, 2021, the City Council unanimously approved a motion authored by Councilmember Ridley-Thomas to create a framework for a Right to Housing in the City of Los Angeles.
The City team is working on a report-back that will include policy, legal and fiscal recommendations related to establishing a robust and responsive spectrum of housing and support services to prevent Angelenos from becoming homeless and help those who are homeless transition into housing, including:
- Prevention: tenant protections, eviction defense, affordable rents;
- Interim Housing: specialized beds such as mental health beds, substance use beds and recuperative care beds, non-congregate shelter such as Project Roomkey;
- Permanent Housing: short-term and longer-term rental assistance, supportive housing, Homekey, adult residential facilities for those who need a higher-level of care; and
- Street Strategy: standardized procedures that include client-centered and health-focused protocols to engage individuals living on the streets and help them transition into housing, while supporting safe and hygienic spaces in the interim.
Your engagement and support is necessary to make this vision real for Los Angeles. Submit your comments in support of the effort to establish a Right to Housing via the Office of the City Clerk’s public comment form:
The council file number is 20-0102.
Establishing a Right to Housing will help us ensure that government steps up to the plate, and treats all residents with the dignity that they deserve.