The Department of Housing Services in Los Angeles County, California is responsible for managing the Public Housing Program and overseeing the management of fourteen large public housing developments owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA). These developments consist of more than 6,300 units located throughout the city, from the San Fernando Valley to San Pedro, Mar Vista and Boyle Heights. The properties are comprised of townhouse-type units ranging from one to five bedrooms. The Public Housing Program receives grants from the U.
S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide affordable housing to more than 19,000 low-income families, individuals, seniors, and people with disabilities. The residents represent Los Angeles' diverse demographic group. As participants in the Public Housing Program, all households must complete an annual exam during which rent is determined based on the family's annual income.
The earned and unearned income of all household members will be adjusted based on deductions and allowances set by HUD. For more information on how rent is determined for public housing residents, visit How Your Rent Is Determined. In addition to housing, public housing residents have access to services and programs such as educational development, training and job placement, and recreational services provided by in-house staff or community partners. All public housing locations have a public elementary school immediately adjacent to or within walking distance.
In addition, each location has a Resident Advisory Council (RAC) elected by residents to represent each site in political decisions and other matters before the HACLA administration, as well as to organize community events and activities. The Department of Urban Planning has implemented several policies in recent years to promote the production of affordable housing units in Los Angeles County. The Incentive Program for Public Transportation-Oriented Communities (TOC Incentive Program) was created in accordance with Measure JJJ, a ballot initiative approved by Los Angeles residents to encourage the production of affordable housing near public transportation. The Urban Planning Permanent Support Ordinance facilitates the creation of permanent supportive housing (PSH) by establishing an application process for administrative authorization, in addition to new requirements, to expedite the production of PSH units in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles has taken a leading role in California when it comes to encouraging the construction of a wide range of housing types across the city and ensuring a healthier distribution of homes of all shapes and sizes. The city provides public housing programs and assistance for families, children and seniors. The Department of Housing Services is committed to enforcing initiatives that promote affordable housing in Los Angeles County. Through grants from HUD and other programs such as TOC Incentive Program and Permanent Support Ordinance, they are able to provide low-income families with access to safe and secure housing.
In addition, they are able to provide educational development opportunities, job placement services, recreational activities and other resources that help families thrive. The Department of Housing Services is dedicated to providing quality affordable housing for all residents in Los Angeles County. They are committed to enforcing initiatives that promote affordable housing while also providing resources that help families succeed.