With policy tools such as anti-displacement measures, existing community members can remain in and strengthen their neighborhoods and networks while accepting new residents through more compact, mixed-use development.

Affordable Housing Need and Availability

  • There is less available affordable housing for lower income groups.
  • The deficit in housing increased dramatically between low income households and very low income households. In 2016, affordable rental housing was not available for:
         1% of moderate income households,
         21% of low income households,
         69% of very low income households,
         80% of extremely low income households, and
         91% of deeply low income households.
  • Available housing shortages for VLI, ELI, and DLI households increased slightly from 2014-2015, and decreased slightly from 2015-2016. The shortage of affordable housing for deeply low income households has the greatest percentage improvement from 2014-2016, decreasing from 97% to 91%.

At-Risk Affordable Housing

  • 10% of government-subsidized rental homes in 182 developments are at risk of being converted to market rate units within the next five years (as of April 2018).
  • 87% of at-risk affordable rental homes are located in planned High Quality Transit Areas (HQTAs) (based on SCAG’s 2040 plan).
  • 34% of at-risk affordable rental homes are within ½ mile of a gentrified census tract.
  • 33% of at-risk affordable rental homes are both within a planned HQTA and within ½ mile of a gentrified census tract.

Regional Housing Needs Assessment

  • Jurisdictions in LA County have completed 35% of the overall housing production required by RHNA. The completion percentage varies by income level:
         12% for Very Low Income, 
         13% for Low Income, 
         4% for Moderate Income, and
         68% for Above Moderate Income
  • In the unincorporated areas, the County has completed 14% of the targeted production of affordable housing under the 5th RHNA cycle:
         7.4% of Very Low Income, 
         2.3% of Low Income, 
         0.0% of Moderate Income, and
        28.5% of Above Moderate Income
  1. The percent of total RHNA allocation completed varies across jurisdictions.
  2. Overall, the greatest completion rate is occurring for above moderate income levels.

Renter Cost Burden

  • In 2016, approximately 58% of all renter households in LA County are rent-burdened (spend more than 30% of their income on rent).
  • There has been a slight decrease in the number of cost burdened renter households for Deeply Low Income, Extremely Low Income, Low Income, and Moderate Income groups from 2014-2016.
  • There was a slight increase in the number of cost burdened renter households for Very Low Income and Above Moderate Income groups from 2014-2016. 
  • The tables/ figures show rent burden at the County-level, but raw data tables are available by Supervisor District.