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Three Years And Zero Homeless Housing Units Later


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Three Years And Zero Homeless Housing Units Later

The city of Los Angeles is spending more taxpayer money than expected to build fewer apartments for the homeless. That's the conclusion of a new audit of Proposition HHH, the 2016 bond measure that was intended to fund 10,000 new units of supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness.

The audit — released Monday by City Controller Ron Galperin, L.A.'s paymaster and chief fiscal watchdog — paints a grim picture of the city's ability to build enough homes with the $1.2 billion in Prop HHH bond funds to keep up with rising homelessness.

"The length of time needed to complete these projects does not meet the level of urgency needed to match the magnitude of our homelessness crisis," the audit reads.

Proposition HHH was sold to L.A. voters as a funding mechanism to get at least 10,000 Angelenos, and likely more, off the street and into permanent housing. That housing is supposed to come with accompanying services, like counseling, to help people stay housed — it's called "supportive housing."

The city estimated in 2016 that it would cost between $350,000 to $414,000 to build a unit of supportive housing (in other words, one apartment), depending on the number of bedrooms. Now, more than three years after that estimate, the median cost per unit of housing in the Prop HHH pipeline is $531,373, according to the audit.

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Every project that Democrats are in charge of ends up like this one, never doing what they promised and the Democrats hired all get rich off of the program.

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