May 3, 2019
WE ARE IN A HOUSING EMERGENCY! This week we focus on the “THE MISSING MIDDLE” portion of our Housing Emergency Response Kit (HERK). The struggling middle-income households are the most unfairly impacted by policies and delay’s that continue to increase housing costs and push these households further away from housing affordability, thus widening the gap known as the "Missing Middle".  
As an example, most Los Angeles area teachers earn too much to qualify for subsidized housing, but also earn too little to afford market-rate housing in the communities that they serve. They are then left to compete against other households for the scarce market-rate units that become available. This is not okay. We should be reducing the costs and barriers to produce more housing, lessening the burden on both lower and moderate-income families. 

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Click here for The Missing Middle page

"The Housing Emergency Response Kit (HERK)  calls attention to the need for more diverse housing choices at affordable prices. It is an answer not only for preserving the middle income in our society, but also businesses that rely on them.”

--Donna Deutchman, Homes4Families

Director of Government Affairs, Diana Coronado, conveyed concerns on the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance at the Glendale City Council Meeting. Over the last year, BIA-LAV has worked to ensure that Glendale's inclusionary zoning policy exempts for-sale housing and projects already in the pipeline, increases unit applicability threshold, and provides extra incentives. We are thankful to the Council and the City staff for working with us to ensure that the motion made at Council included these changes to the ordinance. Ensuring that ordinances are financially feasible for those building homes is of paramount importance. Read our letter here .

Learn more about inclusionary policies in the HERK sheet titled
 Inclusionary Zoning and its effects on The Missing Middle
Los Angeles Councilman Gil Cedillo has made a motion instructing HCID and City Planning to report back with recommendations on “policy and programmatic strategies to promote the fair share and equitable distribution of affordable housing on a Citywide basis, with incentives and mandates including but not limited on inclusionary housing requirements with alternative compliance options.” BIA-LAV is working with with CD1 to alleviate industry concerns with this potential policy.

 Learn more about inclusionary policies in the HERK sheet titled Inclusionary Zoning and its effects on The Missing Middle
On Wednesday, we had the opportunity to discuss housing policies in Los Angeles County with Regional Planning staff as a part of our Leadership Lunch Series. Our members provided feedback to the County on their draft guidelines for the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, outlining its effects on the Missing Middle and housing. Other discussions included the County Affordable Housing Action Plan (AHAP), and policies specific to the updated County Density Bonus Ordinance, and the By-Right Housing Ordinance. These policies will impact our industry and affect housing production in Los Angeles County for decades to come. Thank you to all those that participated to make this event a success!

 Learn more about inclusionary policies in the HERK sheet titled Inclusionary Zoning and its effects on The Missing Middle
Why It Matters That Middle Neighborhoods Are Disappearing ( Forbes )
"In short, like the American middle class, the number of middle neighborhoods around the country appears to be shrinking. That’s a situation that concerns Scott Choppin, founder of the Long Beach, California-based  Urban Pacific Group of Companies , whose specialty is the creation of urban-infill housing that workforce families can afford" ..."California is in the midst of an affordable housing crisis,” Choppin said. “Yet, despite the state’s dire situation,  it would take some California jurisdictions more than 1,000 years before they meet their state-mandated housing goals. "
City leaders looking to streamline development process, say 'Ventura's open for business' ( Ventura Star )

Do you still love L.A.? The high cost of housing is testing our affections, poll shows ( LA Times )
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