A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a resolution Wednesday that would have each of the 15 members of the City Council pledge to have 222 supportive housing units approved for construction in their districts over the next three years.
The units would be built with funds from Proposition HHH, the $1.2 billion bond measure approved by city voters in 2016, to go toward the construction of permanent supportive housing for the homeless.
The resolution would not be binding, but put the council members on the record as having made the promise and was approved by the Homelessness and Poverty Committee.
“With each council member’s pledge, Los Angeles is sending a message – – actions speak louder than words in the fight against homelessness,” Council President Herb Wesson said in February when he introduced the motion. “Homelessness is not an issue we will solve overnight, but it is one we will continue working on around-the-clock.”
Six other council members signed the resolution when it was introduced, and Mayor Eric Garcetti has also pledged his support.
“I applaud the City Council for taking on this challenge,” Garcetti said. “The homelessness and affordability crises touch every community in Los Angeles, and I look forward to working closely with my council colleagues to bridge our housing gap.”