We want to make LA an affordable place to live by organizing in favor of abundant housing.

submission by jasonislas
We want to make LA an affordable place to live by organizing in favor of abundant housing.

About Your Application

Organization(s) name(s):

Abundant Housing LA, Southern California Streets Initiative

Organization(s) website(s):


Organization(s) twitter handle(s):

http://www.twitter.com/abundanthousing http://www.twitter.com/streetsblogla

Organization(s) facebook handle(s):

http://www.facebook.com/abundanthousingLA http://www.facebook.com/lastreetsblog

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Describe Your Organization(s)

Non-profit organization

For-profit organization


Other (please specify below):


Abundant Housing LA is partnering with Southern California Streets Initiative (SCSI), a 501c3 nonprofit.

In one sentence, please describe what your organization does.


We advocate to make it easier to build all types of housing in Los Angeles so that everyone who wants to pursue their dreams in LA can do so with reasonable housing costs.

In one to three sentences, please describe your proposal.


Abundant Housing LA will organize people to advocate for more housing in Los Angeles. Through community organizing, online tools and media coverage, we will empower renters, young people and others burdened by high housing costs to attend hearings, submit comments and champion the construction of more places to live. An influx of new voices demanding more housing can help expand housing options for everyone.

Where will you be working? Please be specific (e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County).

Central LA

East LA

San Gabriel Valley

San Fernando Valley

South LA


South Bay

Antelope Valley

County of Los Angeles (countywide)

City of Los Angeles (citywide)


Other (please specify below):

(e.g. Third Street Middle School; Boyle Heights; LA County):

The City of Los Angeles will be our primary focus, with additional advocacy in the cities of Santa Monica and Long Beach.

How do you plan to use these resources to make change? (check all that apply)

Conduct research

Engage residents and stakeholders

Implement a pilot or new project

Expand a pilot or program

Mobilize for systems change

Advocate with policymakers and leaders

Implement and track policy

Other (please specify below):

How will your proposal improve the following “Live” metrics? (check all that apply)

Access to healthy food

Healthcare access

Exposure to air toxins

Number of households below the self-sufficiency index

Percent of imported water

Obesity rates

Housing affordability

Rates of homelessness

Walk/bike/transit score

Acres and miles of polluted waterways

Rates of mental illness

Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (Dream Metric)

Percentage of LA communities that are resilient (Dream Metric)

Percentage of residents receiving coordinated healthcare services (Dream Metric)

Percentage of tree canopy cover (Dream Metric)

Describe in greater detail how you will make LA the healthiest place to live.


To make Los Angeles the best place to live, we must ensure that LA's diverse population can afford to live here.

By many measures, LA is the least affordable region in the nation. LA County needs hundreds of thousands of units of market rate and affordable housing, and tens of thousands of units of supportive and permanent housing for the homeless. Increasing the supply of housing of all types throughout the city and county will help existing residents who are being priced out stay in LA, and maintain LA as a place where people can move to pursue their dreams.

Abundant Housing LA will work to democratize the complicated process that prevents housing development. We will develop web tools to make it easy to advocate for more housing. We will conduct face-to-face outreach to engage those among the vast majority of people who do not participate in planning processes. Typically, the only stakeholders who comment are a tiny number of people who already have housing and oppose almost all new development. By engaging those who would benefit from abundant housing, we can change the political dynamics of housing in LA.

To inform and organize residents to advocate for more housing, we will create an online platform to connect with people across the region. We will track proposed developments and provide a simple interface where people can submit letters of support to city planners and councilors. The site will allow us to send action alerts to people on opportunities to support housing. It will feature easy to understand content to explain sources of the housing crisis, impediments to development, and what can be done.

We will employ a community organizer to connect with neighborhoods, residents, decision makers and interested organizations. Outreach will focus on explaining the need for action to support abundant housing, and convincing people to get engaged. We will use the combination of in-person outreach and web tools to advocate in support of individual projects and city policies to make it easier to build housing.

To supplement, the Southern California Streets Initiative will regularly feature articles on housing issues in their publications Los Angeles Streetsblog, Santa Monica Next, Longbeachize, and Streetsblog California. Building upon successes in becoming a hub for discussion on transportation issues, the publications will cover housing projects, policy debates, and features on the housing crisis in order to spur awareness and action.

Please explain how you will evaluate your work.


This is an ongoing project, so we have both short-term and long-term metrics.

In the short run, we will measure our success by the number of people we get to attend public meetings to support more housing, the number of letters submitted to the city in favor of housing projects, our mailing list membership, the number of followers and the volume of engagement we get on social media, and engagement of activists who have never participated in the planning process before, but stand to gain from abundant housing. We will also measure visits to the project web site, views of housing articles on SBLA, SMN, Longbeachize, and Streetsblog California, as well as engagement with readership on these sites.

In the long run, likely beyond the life of this grant challenge, we will measure our success by things such as regulatory decisions in favor of housing, units of housing developed, adoption of pro-housing policies, impact on media coverage of the housing crisis, and general awareness.

How can the LA2050 community and other stakeholders help your proposal succeed? (check all that apply)

Money (financial capital)

Volunteers/staff (human capital)

Publicity/awareness (social capital)

Infrastructure (building/space/vehicles, etc.)


Technical infrastructure (computers, etc.)

Community outreach

Network/relationship support

Quality improvement research

Other (please specify below):

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This is a narrow solution to the problem and ignores the fact that over development is the number one contributor to global warming which threatens well-being, health and survival.

by ittakesagarden
5 months ago

Just voted for the project! You're doing LA a tremendous service by pushing this conversation, educating people about the need for abundant housing, and helping build a political constituency for increased housing supply, which will benefit Angelenos across the income spectrum.

by ScottEpstein
6 months ago

Building workforce housing is crucial to LA's continued growth. If our adult children and their friends can't afford to live here, the vitality that drives growth won't be sustainable. Kudos for taking on this issue!

by Eisaacs
5 months ago

We want affordable housing, yes. But if all we are concerned about is building more housing, we are thinking too small and ignoring the fact that overdevelopment is what has turned LA into the most polluted city in the nation, created traffic gridlock, heat islands, and an extraordinary amount of pressure on the planet. Remember, the planet is warming, water is scarce and if we continue to replace trees and green vegetation, we will have no air to breath.

by ittakesagarden
6 months ago

(Increase Density) + (Increase FAR) - (Reduce Parking Requirements) = (Lower Cost Contruction) + (More Units) = LOWER RENTS. That should solve it.

by charleshungjr
6 months ago

We need more housing at all income levels. Only more supply can bend the affordability curve. And yet, we have a stifling regulatory environment and a lack of political leadership. However, the collective impact of incremental changes in zoning administration can make a huge difference. If more projects were to be approved at the fully entitled density, rather than the downsized project that neighbors want to see built, then, there could be 1000s more housing units built every year across a broad range of neighborhoods in LA, with almost no perceptible difference in height, density, or traffic levels. Thank you for taking on this important and under-the-radar issue.

by achrist1979
6 months ago

So much of the public discourse is dominated by complaints about parking, traffic congestion, blocked views and density that we've lost sight of the big picture. Modest one-bedroom apartments have become prohibitively expensive because we have simply not built enough housing. This is both a civil rights issue and an impediment to the future economic prosperity of our city.

by StevenRS
6 months ago

I am supporting this because I want my children to be able to afford to live in the city where they grew up.

by JFLitvak
6 months ago

It's time we start thinking about providing quality housing for the people of LA. Share this project on Facebook and other social media platforms.

by Kdlady
6 months ago

CBgains, thanks for your question.

AHLA has no interest in interfering with the good work of nonprofits and others who produce and lobby for subsidized housing. We support their efforts wholeheartedly. However, subsidies can produce only so much and there is only so much funding to go around. The demand for housing far exceeds the number of people who can be served by subsidized housing, and we hope to help the city meet that demand.

by jrs847
6 months ago

I'm curious: How much focus will be on low-income housing?

by cbgaines
6 months ago

Tim, thank you for your comments! We love and are inspired by SFBARF. Keep up the good work up there!

by jrs847
6 months ago

I'm an active member of San Francisco Bay Area Renters Federation which has in the last year pursued a course of advocacy similar to what's proposed by Abundant Housing LA. Experience has shown that this type of grassroots, day-by-day, turn out the vote (or rather the planning / community meeting attendee) is fundamental to changing the housing environment towards better, fairer, more affordable outcomes for all. I encourage MYLA2050 to support this worthy set of YIMBY comrades, and keep our ground game moving.

Tim McCormick
San Francisco
houslets.com @tmccormick @houslets

by tmccormick
6 months ago

Los Angeles is the least affordable rental market in the United States, by a function of wages and rental prices. It also has the highest percentage of renters of any major city. This is what we call a crisis. And it is a manufactured crisis. Developers want to build here. New housing, in the right places, will enhance the city and reduce traffic. But zoning laws and neighborhood opposition have distorted the laws of supply and demand. AHLA seeks to restore equilibrium.

by jrs847
6 months ago

Such a refreshing perspective! This complex issue warrants more than the oversimplified, villain-oriented approaches that currently threaten LA's diversity.

by anahrvalli
6 months ago

More housing will make it easier for existing residents to stay in LA, and allow people to continue to be able to move here. We need that mix of supporting communities and letting newcomers pursue their dreams.

by mvalli
6 months ago

Los Angeles' real estate market has been constrained for far too long. Demand parted company with supply long ago. Abundant Housing Los Angeles has exactly the approach needed to make LA a better, more affordable city -- for everyone.

by jrs847
6 months ago

This a wonderful proposition. I believe there are a number of ways my company @Sustaynabl could partner with this organization and movement!


by coltonboettcher
6 months ago

I've been surprised how many Livable Streets advocates don't understand the important connection between housing and our transportation network. I look forward to seeing this project move forward.

by LAStreetsblog
6 months ago

With all due respect, this is what you said in a previous comment. Please see reply. Anyone who is concerned about global warming -- as we are too -- should be in favor of more housing in dense urban areas. What is your solution?

by jrs847
5 months ago

Thank you for your support!

by jrs847
5 months ago

Thank you for your support!

by jrs847
5 months ago

Thank you for your comments. You're absolutely right: housing has to be built in the right places and in the right way. Fortunately, LA's developers are eager to build this kind of housing. Opportunities for transit oriented development are growing as transit lines get completed. More importantly, the jobs-housing imbalance is so out of whack, with more housing, people will have more opportunities to live closer to their work. Developers know where the demand is. With traffic (and GHG emission) as bad as it is, demand for housing near job centers is only growing. We just want to make sure these developers get the support they deserve.

by jrs847
6 months ago

We're all for it. Thanks, Charles!

by jrs847
6 months ago

We concur completely. Thank you for your support!

by jrs847
6 months ago

Steven, thank you for your support. We agree completely. Traffic is a trifle compared to the burdens of housing costs. And, anyway, with more housing in the right places, traffic is likely to diminish.

by jrs847
6 months ago

Thanks for your support!

by jasonislas
6 months ago

Thank you for your support!

by jrs847
6 months ago

Indeed! Thank you!

by jrs847
6 months ago

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