West Hollywood has 1,850 affordable-housing units or 7% of the housing stock. That is according to a new report by WeHo by the Numbers based on city data. Affordable-housing units offer below-market rents — and sometimes supportive services — to eligible lower-income households.
The report lists four types of affordable housing in West Hollywood. The first type is Section 8, a Federal program that subsidizes rents for specific households or for a block of low-income housing units. Section 8 represents almost half of the city’s affordable-housing units (860 units).
The second type is housing provided by a non-profit organization, often with government help. About a quarter of the city’s affordable-housing units (437) fall in this category. Each building may focus on a specific population, such as seniors, people with disabilities or the formerly homeless. The non-profit may provide additional supportive services, such as case management, therapy, or educational programs.
The third type is housing operated by the Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles. It represents a fifth of the city’s affordable-housing units (366 units).
The remaining 10% of the city’s affordable-housing units comes from inclusionary housing in new market-rate buildings. The city typically requires developers to include lower-income households by setting aside 20% of the units for them at below-market rates. There are 187 inclusionary units today.
To get an inclusionary unit, someone must put his or her name on a waiting list. The lower-income list currentlyis closed, but the moderate-income list is open. A one-person household’s income cannot exceed $59,232 for that list.
According to the city’s numbers, another 136 inclusionary units are under construction. In addition, 107 inclusionary and non-profit units are approved but not yet under construction. Together, that would be a 13% increase in affordable-housing units, faster growth than the overall housing supply.
The report uses a different term for affordable-housing units (“social housing”) to emphasize that naturally affordable housing is not included in the count. Some units are affordable just because of their size, location, age, etc. It depends on the unit, the household’s income and how long the tenant has been there. Long-term tenants in rent-stabilized units often enjoy more affordable rents than new tenants get.
For more about affordable-housing opportunities for current city residents, see the full WeHo by the Numbers report, How much social housing does West Hollywood have?