L.A. eyes pilot program to build backyard rental units to house homeless

L.A. eyes pilot program to build backyard rental units to house homeless

[Ed. – They seem to have the interest of about 100 homeowners so far (in a county metro area of nearly 10 million).  Curious as to how the neighbors will feel about this.  Note: most of us probably see fixing the homeless problem as entailing the reduction of the homeless population, through people getting jobs and improving their lives. That’s clearly not what a lot of advocacy groups have in their minds, however.  They’re excited about homeless camping as a way of life.]

The first leg of the project was launched in August, 2017, when the board of supervisors approved a $550,000 pilot program.

The homes, referred to as ‘granny flats’ or ‘in-law units’, were either built in backyards or constructed out of converted garages on the properties of individuals who agreed to host a homeless person or family.

In February the second leg of the project got kick-started when Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded LA a $100,000 Mayor’s Challenge grant.

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The grant allows the city to study the feasibility of backyard units for homeless individuals within the city limits.

Tenants of these backyard homes would contribute 30 per cent of their incomes to pay rent, and the rest would be covered by low-income vouchers.

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