L.A. City Council Pledges 222 Units for Homeless Residents in Each District by 2020

The Los Angeles City Council approved a nonbinding pledge to support a minimum number of housing units in each council district. Above, a permanent supportive housing complex on skid row. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles City Council approved a nonbinding pledge to support a minimum number of housing units in each council district. Above, a permanent supportive housing complex on skid row. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles City Council pledged Tuesday to support a minimum number of housing units for homeless people in each of the districts they represent.

Under the pledge, each council member will back the approval of at least 222 units of supportive housing in his or her district before July 1, 2020, including any units approved since last July.

The City Council resolution is not binding, but lawmakers said it is important that they publicly make a shared commitment to build homeless housing across the sprawling city.

LA Family Housing President and Chief Executive Stephanie Klasky-Gamer, whose group provides housing and homeless services, said “political will” can be one of the key obstacles to building supportive housing.

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