Los Angeles County Leaders Approve Effort to pay Homeowners to House the Homeless
In August, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a pilot program that will pay some Los Angeles County homeowners to build a second dwelling on their property to house homeless people. The program was actually introduced last year as part of Los Angeles County’s set of 47 strategies to solve homelessness. Homeowners in unincorporated communities who qualify can get up to $75,000 to build a second dwelling in areas zoned for such structures, while others may receive $50,000 to update and legalize an existing dwelling. The second dwelling must have a kitchen, which distinguishes it from a guest house.
The office of Regional Planning will be working with several departments countywide with an allocated $550,000 that will be used to offer subsidies. According to supervising regional planner Connie Chung, funding allows for two to three new second dwellings, and for the remodeling of two to three existing ones. However, details of who would be housed and the selection process are still under discussion. As of late August, the program is expected to be completed within 18 months. This is an interesting idea and hopefully it does alleviate the amount of homeless people sleeping in the streets.