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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 18, 1991
Never has a group of community officials--members of the City Council of Encinitas--had such a marvelous opportunity to stand up and be counted for the hundreds of low-income people within their community. That opportunity is the proposed use of the Image Inns motel by the North County Chaplaincy, an organization that has tremendous support throughout the North County and has demonstrated during the past few years its ability to meet the needs of the homeless and migrants. It has done this through a program of temporary housing, oversight of camps in the canyons, providing volunteer health care professionals, running a thrift shop and counseling thousands on legal, social and personal problems--all without any tax dollars from the communities it serves.
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March 17, 2014 | By Mollie Lowery
Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a Silver Lake supermarket. Lourdes had claimed the spot three years earlier, after she was rousted from her encampment in Griffith Park. Before that, she'd lived in her 1973 Toyota, but it was eventually impounded because of overdue parking tickets. Lourdes was one of the folks we call "chronically homeless. " She'd been surviving on the city's margins for 20 years after losing her low-cost housing because of gentrification.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
The Hollywood Community Housing Corp. wasn't giving away housing vouchers Thursday -- just the slim chance of securing a subsidized apartment in a new, 58-unit building. Even so, by 11 a.m. more than 700 people were waiting in a line that snaked down Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles -- and housing advocates were worried enough about potential unrest that they called police to help manage the crowd.
BUSINESS
November 24, 2010 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Like millions of Chinese priced out of this nation's booming housing market, Lao Yang could only dream of owning an apartment. Crammed into a run-down rental courtyard home about the size of a typical U.S. bedroom, Yang and his wife increasingly were ashamed of raising their daughter in a neighborhood with communal bathrooms and charcoal heating. Desperate for a bigger place, the retired steelworker applied to buy affordable housing from the local government. He wasn't optimistic.
NEWS
October 2, 1986
The county Community Development Department is accepting applications for new low-cost housing units at 959 N. Palm Ave. and 838 West Knoll Drive. West Hollywood residents will be eligible to live in the developments if they are single, disabled or at least 62 years old and do not make more than $11,600 a year. Applications may be obtained by calling (213) 260-2721 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications will not be issued in person and written requests will not be honored.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 8, 1994 | BILL BILLITER
Cypress is doing well in its efforts to provide low-cost housing, according to a recent city report. The document, presented to the City Council last month, says Cypress has achieved 118% of its state-required goal for new homes for "very low-income" residents and 111% of the required goal for housing "lower-income" residents. As in most cities with redevelopment plans, the City Council in Cypress doubles as the city's Redevelopment Agency.
NEWS
November 7, 1985
After a series of delays, tenants of Lomita's new low-cost housing project will be able to move in before late December, a county official has promised. The 78-unit project, Lomita Manor, has been under construction since last February. It was completed in late September, but there have been delays in opening the project, for senior citizens and the handicapped. "There were many reasons for the delay," said Mayor Charles Belba.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY
The developer of a large condominium complex near John Wayne Airport has sued the city and three City Council members, accusing them of theft for requiring that 10 of the units be given to a low-income housing organization. The lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court, is the first time that a developer has sued Irvine over low-cost-housing requirements placed on residential projects. Douglas Plaza Ltd.'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 13, 1991
There's sad news on Orange County's low-cost housing front: Santa Ana's YMCA, which has provided 83 single and double rooms renting for $15 to $20 a night, will close next month. The aging facility is the victim of inadequate finances; last year it lost $200,000. Ironically, the YMCA will close as Santa Ana and other cities are trying to work together so builders can bring new single-room-occupancy hotels, or SROs, to Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1993 | CHRISTOPHER HEREDIA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Santa Paula City Council on Monday approved a plan to grant construction bonuses to developers who agree to set aside a portion of their projects for low-cost housing. The vote was 4 to 1, with Alfonso C. Urias dissenting. Under terms of the ordinance, a builder who agrees to set aside a certain portion of a project's units for low-income or very-low-income tenants will be allowed to build 25% more housing units than zoning allows.
BUSINESS
May 10, 2009 | Catherine Ho
What began as a communal living experiment in postwar California would become a model for low-cost urban housing and the innovative use of small spaces. Gregory Ain's historic Avenel Cooperative Housing Project in Silver Lake today has a corner unit for sale. Ain, the notable Modernist architect, completed the 10-unit complex in 1947 for 10 couples who each chipped in about $11,000 to build a housing project that would promote communal living.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2009 | David Kelly
Merejildo Ortiz towed his sagging 30-year-old mobile home into Duroville in 2000, when the infamous desert slum was just beginning to take shape on the Torres Martinez Reservation near the Salton Sea. The trailer park wasn't pretty. The infrastructure threadbare and shoddy, but the $430 monthly rent made it possible for Ortiz, his wife and three children to finally afford a home. Now that home is under serious threat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2009 | Jessica Garrison
The Hollywood Community Housing Corp. wasn't giving away housing vouchers Thursday -- just the slim chance of securing a subsidized apartment in a new, 58-unit building. Even so, by 11 a.m. more than 700 people were waiting in a line that snaked down Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles -- and housing advocates were worried enough about potential unrest that they called police to help manage the crowd.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle accentuated the positives at a recent council meeting that took note of the city's 150th birthday: more than $1 million had been raised for the Tiger Woods Learning Center, a new museum was opening in the revitalized downtown district, and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks were opening their season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
A coalition of 20 faith-based organizations, environmental groups and labor unions has created a community development agreement that would compel builders in the Anaheim sports district to meet prevailing wage standards and construct low-cost housing and child-care facilities. The deal would be similar to one in San Diego in which homes, shops and offices were built around the Padres' new downtown baseball stadium, Petco Park.
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February 7, 2007 | Stacy A. Anderson, Times Staff Writer
In the 17 months since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, Sharon Jasper has shuffled from place to place, including a cot at the Superdome and temporary housing in Houston. On Tuesday, she and nine other displaced residents of New Orleans' public housing projects came to Capitol Hill to tell their stories, as the House Committee on Financial Services examined the loss of affordable housing because of the storm.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 2006 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Two months ago, a large, low-cost housing project in Anaheim's resort district appeared doomed. Mayor Curt Pringle favored something more upscale, a combination hotel-condominium project. City planners agreed, saying low-cost housing that close to the Disney theme parks was a poor idea. But at the end of a lengthy and contentious meeting Tuesday night, the City Council voted 4 to 1 to pave the way for 200 rental units and 1,300 condominiums just inside the resort district.
NEWS
August 6, 2006 | Susan Gallagher, Associated Press Writer
Frank Baril works two jobs in this vibrant college town north of Yellowstone National Park but still can't afford to buy a house. "It's hard to afford anything here," said Baril, a Salvation Army family services administrator who also puts in about 40 hours a week giving music lessons. Even that much work leaves Baril, 50 and single, hard-pressed to buy in a town where the median home price shot to $268,500 last year, surpassing Portland, Ore., Denver and Minneapolis, among others.
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