Three New Permanent Supportive Housing Projects Coming to the NEW 9th!

 

Three new projects providing Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to homeless in the Ninth District were approved on Oct. 15 by the Los Angeles City Council. This was part of the latest round of Prop. HHH funding awarded, bringing the total of PSH units authorized in the 9th District to 712.

The newly approved projects are: Hope on Broadway (48 PSH units); 4507 Main St. (33 PSH units plus an additional 30 affordable housing units); and Central Apartments (56 PSH units).

"I am so proud of the progress we have been making to bring forth an unprecedented number of permanent supportive housing units for our most vulnerable. The hard work continues to pay off, and we will continue to lead by example in our efforts," said Councilman Curren Price.

Pictured above is a rendering of Hope on Broadway.

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Fair Work Week Legislation Continues to Advance

A proposed Fair Work Week policy [Council File 19-0229], championed by Councilman Curren Price, took another step forward this week and a draft of the ordinance is expected by November.

On Oct. 15, the City’s Economic Development Committee, which Councilmember Price chairs, approved a report of the implementation recommendations for a Los Angeles Fair Work Week law.

Under the new ordinance, employers would have to provide retail employees in this City two weeks' notice of their work schedules and predictability in pay. The law would require flexible schedules, protections against retaliation for declining additional hours not communicated in the schedules in advance, and the right to rest between shifts of 10 hours, among other regulations. 

Councilman Price said he anticipates a final vote in Council by the end of this year. The policy is expected to be in place by the beginning of 2020, with a six month education period for retail employers before enforcement begins.

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LA City Council Moves Forward with Moratorium on “No-Fault” Evictions Before AB 1482 Takes Effect in January

On Oct. 15, the City Council took swift and bold action to come to the aid of thousands of tenants facing massive rent increases by approving a motion co-introduced by Councilmembers Curren Price and Mitch O’Farrell to ban “no-fault” evictions.

Gov. Gavin Newson earlier this month signed the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (Assembly Bill 1482), which prohibits rent gouging and arbitrary evictions. The new law offers much-needed rental protections to millions of Californians but not until Jan. 1, 2020. Most recently, there has been a surge in calls and inquiries to the City from community advocates and tenants reporting sudden eviction notices.

“We have heard horrific stories of landlords taking unconscionable measures to fight against AB 1482 in the worst way possible: by trying to evict tenants who did nothing wrong,” said Councilmember Price. “This is an issue that heavily impacts my District. Currently, my Office is working with dozens of individuals on the verge of losing their homes after their rent hiked more than 150 percent within the last year alone.

This includes: a senior citizen on Section 8, a City of LA employee and her family, and a grandmother living with her granddaughter and great granddaughter who is exhausting her life savings just to cover the rent spikes.”

Councilmembers Price and O'Farrell introduced the motion Friday, Oct.11, and it was unanimously approved by the City Council Oct. 15. The City Attorney is expected to transmit an ordinance for final approval within the next week—helping to protect renters facing sudden eviction notices until the new State protections are in full effect.

 

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