New condominium and apartment projects in neighborhoods such as Brentwood, Studio City and other affluent parts of Los Angeles could be required to include units for very poor people under a plan approved by the City Council on Wednesday.
The commitment to introduce so-called inclusionary zoning -- a contentious topic in Los Angeles politics for years -- was part of a comprehensive housing plan that the city adopted to be eligible for hundreds of millions of dollars in state housing bond funds.
The plan, which is nonbinding, calls for the City Council to introduce a proposed law by the end of the year to mandate that developers build units for poor people.
Advocates for the poor hailed the vote as a significant symbolic step.
"The city is taking a huge step forward in figuring out how to address the housing crisis," said Peter Kuhns, who is an organizer for the Assn. of Community Organizations for Reform Now, or ACORN, which is a group of low-income residents.