COUNCILMEMBER RYU INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO FAST TRACK HOMELESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu introduced a Resolution in support of a State bill that would exempt affordable and bridge housing for individuals experiencing homelessness from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, in order to speed up the construction of low-income housing amidst a Statewide crisis in homelessness. Assembly Bill 1907, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, has not yet been referred to a Committee for a hearing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

January 14, 2019

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

COUNCILMEMBER RYU INTRODUCES RESOLUTION TO FAST TRACK HOMELESS AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

AB 1907 would exempt homeless housing projects from CEQA review

LOS ANGELES - Today, Councilmember Ryu introduced a Resolution in support of a State bill that would exempt affordable and bridge housing for individuals experiencing homelessness from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review, in order to speed up the construction of low-income housing amidst a Statewide crisis in homelessness. Assembly Bill 1907, authored by Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, has not yet been referred to a Committee for a hearing.

“Throughout California, we are facing an emergency of homelessness - and we’ve got to start acting like it,” Councilmember Ryu said. “I am a fierce defender of our environment, but CEQA has been routinely used to prop up lawsuits that do nothing to help the environment and only serve to slow life-saving homeless housing down. We need to cut through the red tape and deliver real solutions to this crisis.”

“Homelessness is a humanitarian crisis of biblical proportions. Families are living in tents and people are dying on the streets,” said Assemblymember Miguel Santiago, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Los Angeles County Homelessness. “If California wants to get serious about keeping people off the streets and building homeless housing faster, then we must start by removing barriers. AB 1907 would help accelerate the construction of high quality shelters, supportive housing and affordable housing throughout the state.”

On November 15th of last year, Councilmember Ryu introduced a Resolution calling for a State bill to exempt homeless housing and 100% affordable housing statewide. Last year, Councilmember Ryu also co-introduced a Resolution in support of Assembly Bill 1197, which provided a CEQA exemption for homeless housing projects in Los Angeles, and was signed by Governor Newsom in October. 

 

Read the Resolution here.

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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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