The Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) is dedicated to providing resources to all residents of Los Angeles County. The Department of Housing Services is responsible for managing the Public Housing Program and overseeing the administration of fourteen large public housing complexes owned by HACLA. These complexes consist of more than 6,300 units located throughout the city of Los Angeles, from the San Fernando Valley to San Pedro, from Mar Vista to 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. Our residents represent Los Angeles' diverse demographic. As participants in the Public Housing Program, all households must complete a new 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 established 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 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 Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued Lead Fact Sheets for each of the fourteen public housing complexes owned by HACLA.
These fact sheets provide information about lead hazards in each complex and how to reduce exposure. In addition, the Urban Planning Permanent Support Ordinance facilitates the production 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 led the state in encouraging the construction of a wider range of housing types across the city and ensuring a healthier distribution of homes of all shapes and sizes. The Incentive Program for Transit-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. Many of these types of housing are the direct result of local policies promoted by the Department of Urban Planning in recent years, which continue to boost production, especially of affordable units. In addition to investing in programs to prevent and combat homelessness, Los Angeles County also continues to reduce the shortage of affordable housing, a major cause of homelessness.
HUD handles complaints about housing discrimination, poor federal homeowners, and many other issues. For additional local resources, you can also contact a housing counseling agency. The LACDA is committed to providing resources and assistance for families, children and seniors who need help with public housing programs. We strive to ensure that all residents have access to safe and affordable housing options that meet their needs.