Continuing the Fight for Fair Housing
During FY 2018-19, the LACDA and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (Board) worked together to develop a plan to increase fair housing services for County residents by 200%, from $200,000 to $600,000.
In past years, services were funded with $200,000 through the federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program. However, the allocation was not enough to keep up with the growing needs to address housing discrimination.
As a result of the County’s Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice and a motion by the Board to have the LACDA look deeper into affirmatively furthering fair housing, on June 18, 2019, the County approved an additional $400,000 in funding for fair housing services through the Chief Executive Office’s Affordable Housing Fund.
With the additional funding, the LACDA, through its contract with the Housing Rights Center, can substantially increase fair housing services including: ongoing efforts such as education, outreach and training, compliance with fair housing laws, and addressing source of income discrimination. Services will also address housing discrimination experienced by other non-federal protected classes such as sexual orientation and gender identity.
Contingent on available future allocations of CDBG and County funding, the LACDA plans to contract with the Housing Rights Center to ensure that continuous and expanded fair housing services are provided in future years as well.