Opinion: Time to fund ‘permanent housing’ for homeless
To the editor: Permanent housing with services is a proven, cost-effective approach to moving people from homelessness to stability, and opposing Proposition H will only let this crisis continue to worsen.
The nonprofit affordable housing community already builds 300 such apartments each year; with Proposition H, we can triple that to 1,000. Nearly $70 million in grants and loans has already been pledged by community groups to ramp up production, and they are working with the city of Los Angeles to shorten pre-production timelines.
But whether it takes three years, as the authors claim, or one, we should start now. We cannot waste any more time.
Ann Sewill, Los Angeles
The writer is vice president of housing and economic opportunity at the California Community Foundation.
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