Should the City Use Eminent Domain to Keep Housing Affordable?

For more than a decade, Shao Zhao has called Chinatown’s sprawling, green stucco Hillside Villa apartment complex her home. Perched off Cesar Chavez Avenue, the building is just a short jaunt from businesses that cater to neighborhood’s majority-immigrant population, making it the ideal spot for Zhao’s 55-year-old mother, who speaks Cantonese and rarely drives outside the city. For years, the pair never Read More


Report: LA needs 516,946 affordable homes to meet demand

Los Angeles’s affordable housing crisis is well documented, but an annual report from the California Housing Partnership and the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing shines a harsh light on the severity of the matter. According to the report, which is released annually, LA County would need to add more than a half-million units of affordable housing—516,946, to be exact—to meet existing Read More


Southern California lacks 759,000 affordable homes, report says

Fewer than a third of low-income families have access to housing they can afford in Southern California, a housing advocacy group reported Tuesday, May 21. The report shows a shortfall of nearly 759,000 units affordable to low-income renters in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties as of 2017, according to the California Housing Partnership, a state-created nonprofit dedicated Read More


Many CA Low-Income Renters Still Waiting for Clean Energy

We know how to slash energy bills and reduce climate pollution for low-income housing in California. A new report shows that more than 10,000 low-income renter households have already or will soon be upgraded with a combination of energy efficiency, solar energy, and low-emission electric heating equipment. But almost twice that many are still waiting.


DOE Partners on Zero-Carbon Retrofits for Multifamily Building Sector

The US Department of Energy (DOE) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) announced a collaboration with the Rocky Mountain Institute to catalyze the development of a speedy and scalable process for zero-carbon retrofits in the multifamily home sector through the RMI’s REALIZE initiative, which aims to produce zero carbon retrofits for residential buildings.


Should cities subsidize housing for a family making $141,000?

California’s governor wants to fund housing for families whose moderate income puts them beyond the scope of current assistance programs. Similar efforts are underway in Boston and Philadelphia. And in Washington, Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, has proposed spending $20 million to spur development of homes for families earning up to $141,000 a year.