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City Controller to Audit Measure HHH Money

(13 July 2019) Note: LA City Controller Ron Galperin plans to audit the Measure HHH money that is being used to build new permanent supportive housing. The Measure was designed to provide 1.2 billion dollars and provide 10,000 new residences for the permanent supportive housing homeless. Two and a half years later, none exist. By the end of this year there will be some. Galperin says the process is too slow and the price of $525k plus per unit is outrageous. He is going to audit the Measure HHH money.

Many in Venice have asked for this audit. Many in Venice have had alternative ideas to house people now but no one it appears in City government is willing or ready to accept alternative solutions.

By Darryl DuFay

On July 7, 2019 the Sunday morning ABC 7 Eyewitness Newsmakers program had LA City Controller Ron Galperin on the first 15 minutes of the show. The second half of the program was with County Assessor Jeffrey Prang.  The video and text of the show is below.  Just click on the screen to watch the video.

It was fascinating and refreshing to hear Ron’s realistic comments on the spending of homeless housing construction Measure HHH money.   How the “very slow process” of nothing built in two and a half years and a unit cost of $525,000 plus was “unacceptable” and his efforts to identify 14,000 properties that could be use for homeless housing.  He will also be releasing an audit of Measure HHH.

“I’m required to audit it and what we are finding is that it is a very slow process and, quite frankly, unacceptable,” he said. “It is now two and a half years since the voters really generously approved $1.2 billion in bond money to create up to 10,000 units, mostly permanent supportive units. To this day, we have not seen any units completed as part of that program. There are going to be a couple hundred hopefully done by the end of this year but they are at a cost of $525,000 plus. Unacceptable.”

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https://abc7.com/realestate/hhh-audit-due-homeowners-dont-take-advantage-of-tax-exemption/5374237/

Galperin to Audit Measure HHH Funds

(18 June 2019) City Controller Ron Galperin is in the process of conducting an audit of Measure HHH funds which is to be released sometime this year.

“It has been two-and-a-half years since L.A. voters approved Measure HHH to spend $1.2 billion to create 10,000 supportive housing units,” Galperin said in a press release last week. “While nobody expected these units to be built overnight, at this moment not one HHH project has been completed. And the average total development cost per unit is nearly $520,000.”

Daily News article.

The City Controller serves as the City’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for ensuring that the assets of the City are properly accounted for and expended in a manner consistent with applicable laws, policies, plans and procedures.