Mark Oberholzer – Getting to Scale

AIA Los Angeles

March 7, 2019

How can Los Angeles build more than 21,000 quality homes to reduce homelessness in less time?

8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

California Community Foundation
Joan Palevsky Meeting Center
281 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 100
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Los Angeles desperately needs affordable and supportive housing, but it is expensive and slow to bring new housing units online. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found that the County needs to create at least 21,275 more supportive housing units to be on a trajectory to end homelessness. There are a million suggestions for how to address this challenge, but few tangible results. The reality is that the low income housing tax credit system works, which is why we must continue to build these units, but it will never be sufficient to solve the crisis facing Los Angeles. It is also unlikely that increases in market-rate housing will be sufficient to significantly reduce rents. How can we build more units in and beyond these two systems to meet the incredible demand for affordable and supportive housing?

Getting to Scale is a symposium focused on establishing the guiding principles that must inform building tax credit and non-tax credit high-quality homes aimed at people experiencing homelessness in less time. The symposium will also focus on grounding these opportunities in what can realistically be achieved.  We will explore what is being built here now, models from other parts of the country, and what the future could hold.

Rusty Smith, Associate Director of the Rural Studio, will provide a keynote address followed by panels on building affordable housing outside of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, reducing construction costs, and technology and housing innovation.

Breakfast and Lunch Provided.

BY INVITE ONLY.  Invitation is non-transferable.

Please contact Will Wright or Molly Rysman for more details.