LAUSD Teachers Earn Too Much to Qualify for Affordable Housing the District Built for Them

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Diamond Jones, 24, a special education assistant at San Pedro High School, lives in Sage Park, one of three apartment buildings intended for mainly L.A. Unified teachers. The units have primarily been occupied by L.A. Unified service workers. (Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)

In the mid-2000s, in the midst of a housing boom, the Los Angeles Unified School District realized that skyrocketing rents were fueling teacher turnover.

Nearly half of all new teachers in some neighborhoods were leaving the district after three years. L.A. Unified was pouring millions of dollars into training new hires, only to watch them pick up and go.

Two below-market apartment complexes were built on unused district land and a third is under construction. Today, both are fully occupied. But not one L.A. Unified teacher lives in them.

That fact alone doesn’t mean L.A. Unified’s affordable housing experiment is a failure.

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