One of the biggest topics in Los Angeles right now is the need for affordable housing.
In L.A. County, the number of people experiencing homelessness topped 66,000 last year, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. And plenty of others who do have shelter are struggling to pay rent.
According to the California Housing Partnership, 79% of extremely low-income households are devoting more than half their income to housing costs, compared to 3% of households earning moderate incomes. The nonprofit estimates that countywide, 516,946 more affordable rental homes are needed to meet demand.