YES ON ULA REACHES 200+ ENDORSERS
Coalition’s unprecedented reach signals that Angelenos want to protect seniors from eviction and create more affordable housing
LOS ANGELES, CA — The United to House LA coalition supporting Measure ULA on the City of Los Angeles ballot announced today that it had reached its 202nd endorsing organization.
“Whatever your race or country of origin, whatever part of town you live in, whatever your faith, to live in Los Angeles right now is to recognize that we have a crisis on our hands and that with the right policy, the resources to address it are at hand,” said Takao Suzuki, Director of Community Development at Little Tokyo Service Center. “From the union members who build affordable housing to the service providers who spend every waking hour trying to find housing for seniors experiencing homelessnes, this coalition represents unprecedented agreement on the way through a crisis that affects people all over Los Angeles. That means direct cash assistance to low-income seniors, affordable housing construction funds, and legal assistance to help tenants stay in their homes, paid for by a transfer tax on a tiny fraction of eye-popping real estate sales.”
Measure ULA will appear on the City of Los Angeles November 8th general election ballot. Written by housing experts and homeless service providers, it is backed by a coalition comprising not-for-profit neighborhood organizations, homeless service providers, affordable housing builders, labor unions, and community members. The ballot measure is expected to raise an estimated $900 million per year that can be deployed immediately to reduce homelessness, make housing more affordable, and provide financial aid to low-income seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities.
Measure ULA would:
Invest in innovative solutions that will create housing faster and at a lower cost than what has been tried before
Provide income assistance to low-income seniors and people with disabilities who are at risk of homelessness, and provide legal aid and outreach services to renters at risk of losing their homes — assisting 475,000 Angelenos each year
Immediately buy existing and build new affordable housing for 69,000 people (in the first ten years) experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness
Leverage real estate transactions of $5 million or more so that only millionaires and billionaires pay
It also includes the most robust citizens oversight and transparency in LA City history; the fund would be overseen by a Citizens Committee with specific expertise and lived experience on housing and homelessness & supported by paid staff led by an Inspector General.