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Price wants housing projects to come together faster

SOUTH LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Curren Price Jr. has introduced two motions to address the constraints of building affordable housing.

Price is trying to expedite the housing situation so it is easier to address the thousands of people waiting for housing.

“It’s time we take a closer look at how we review the development of affordable housing and remove unnecessary roadblocks,” Price said in a statement sent to The Wave.

His first motion proposes the creation of an affordable housing development fast-track program, a new initiative to reduce the time and cost of building new housing.

The program would be an affordable housing development fast-track program to expedite the approval process for those waiting for affordable housing.

“The process by which new housing is approved can be cumbersome, time consuming and expensive,” according to a copy of Price’s motion provided to The Wave.

The Affordable Housing Development Fast Track Program would simplify the process and reduce the costs for building new housing projects.

Price proposes a working group to work on a report aimed at figuring out what are the impediments to building affordable housing faster and then remove them.

“There are countless projects that unfortunately never get off the drawing board because of the costs and risks involved in the city review process,” Price said in his statement. “We need to consider all possible avenues so that we are in a better position to meet the soaring housing demands for our most vulnerable populations.”

The councilman’s second motion focused on redirecting funds from Proposition HHH so that housing projects in the pipeline can come to fruition — especially in disadvantaged communities like District 9.

Two years have passed since voters approved Proposition HHH to issue $1.2 billion in bonds for the development of permanent supportive housing for the homeless.

Since then, none of the housing projects have been completed while the homeless population continues to grow. Many of the incomplete projects are largely in District 9, which Price represents.

Price has proposed asking the city to restructure the subsidies provided to developers who are building permanent supportive housing in higher cost, more affluent areas.

“We must address the realities that make it difficult for projects in higher resource areas to come to fruition,” Price’s statement said. “Each district in our city bears the responsibility to fix the homeless crisis and the weight must be distributed equally.”

By Michael Livingston

Contributing Writer