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Mike’s Newsletter Says 8600 Units From Measure HHH Funds in Works

From Councilman Mike Bonin’s September Neighborhoods First Newsletter

The City is moving forward on the homeless housing voters called for in 2016 when they approved Proposition HHH. The Council has approved funding for more than 8600 units of HHH-funded housing. That total includes 5,873 supportive housing units for homeless people who need social services, 1,641 affordable units for very-low-income Angelenos, and 975 smaller units being constructed of innovative materials for homeless residents. There are 1,400 units in construction right now, 1,000 of which are expected to be ready to occupy in 2020. An additional 3,713 are forecast to open in 2021.

For more information about how Proposition HHH money is being spent, visit the HHH Progress Dashboard at https://hcidla.lacity.org/hhh-progress.

Mayor Proposes Exempting CEQA from All Homeless Housing Projects

Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed a resolution that all homeless housing projects be exempt from providing CEQA in support of AB1197.

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) provides a process for evaluating the environmental effects of a project including but not limited to water quality, land use and agricultural resources, transportation and circulation, air quality and greenhouse gas emissions.

This would exempt all Measure HHH bond projects and emergency shelter projects funded by the Homeless Emergency Aid Program (HEAP) and SEEK amendment from CEQA requirements.

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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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.





O’Farrell Asks City Council to Instruct HCID to Report Status of Measure HHH Funds

By Darryl DuFay

The LA City Council’s Homeless and Poverty Committee member Mitch O’Farrell has motioned that the City Council:

I THEREFORE MOVE that Council instruct the Housing and Community Investment Department, with assistance from the Chief Legislative Analyst and the City Administrative Officer, to report within 30 days on the status of Proposition HHH bond funds and the City’s strategy for achieving its 10,000 unit goal; the report should include a status on all projects in the Proposition HHH pipeline, number of units anticipated to be developed with Proposition HHH funds, per unit cost, timeline for project construction completion, and any forthcoming new strategies to meet the City’s supportive housing unit goal.

Perhaps, one will finally know what is happening with this HHH bond money.

Next meeting is 6 February, 3 pm,  Room 340, 200 North Spring Street 90012.