PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Calls for Fast Track for Homeless Housing

Los Angeles -- Councilmember Ryu co-introduced a resolution today in support of Assembly Bill 1197, which would allow publicly funded emergency homeless shelters and housing projects, including those funded by Proposition HHH, to be exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, allowing for expedited construction of housing and shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, is currently pending in the State Senate.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

August 27, 2019

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Councilmember Ryu Calls for Fast Track for Homeless Housing

State Bill would expand CEQA exemption to HHH-funded projects

 

Los Angeles -- Councilmember Ryu co-introduced a resolution today in support of Assembly Bill 1197, which would allow publicly funded emergency homeless shelters and housing projects, including those funded by Proposition HHH, to be exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, allowing for expedited construction of housing and shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness. The bill, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, is currently pending in the State Senate.

“Los Angeles voters overwhelmingly supported Prop HHH to build housing and bring those experiencing homelessness inside. But HHH-funded housing is not being built fast enough,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Instead, much of it is getting bogged down by lawsuits that have nothing to do with the environment, and everything to do with peoples’ personal opposition to homeless housing. CEQA is an important law to protect our environment, not a tool to stymie housing for the less fortunate. We need more housing and fewer lawsuits, and that’s why I’m proud to support Assmeblymember Santiago’s bill.”

“We need emergency housing in Los Angeles, and we need it now,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago. “We cannot allow delays to continue blocking life-saving units of housing as Californians struggle to survive on our streets. I am grateful for Councilmember Ryu’s support for AB 1197, which will cut through red tape so we can start pouring voter-approved Prop HHH and state-funded HEAP dollars to build supportive housing as soon as possible.”

AB 2162, which was signed by Governor Brown in September 2018, exempts certain supportive housing projects from CEQA analysis, but not emergency shelters or projects funded by Proposition HHH. AB 1197, proposed by Assemblymember Santiago, would expand that exemption to Proposition HHH-funded projects, HEAP funded projects, and emergency shelters in the cities that have declared an emergency shelter crisis. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared an emergency shelter crisis for the City of Los Angeles in April 2018.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s declaration of an emergency shelter crisis in April 2018 allowed the City to streamline its approval processes for emergency shelters. Adding CEQA exemptions from the State would further expedite the building of this housing. 

Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond measure, was approved by more than two-thirds of Los Angeles voters in 2016. There are currently 110 projects and 5,379 units of HHH-funded housing in the pipeline in the City of Los Angeles, according to Mayor Eric Garcetti’s website, with one project containing 122 units currently open.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.

 

 


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