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City Puts Out Call to Developers for Housing Plans
By City News Service
Published August 2, 2016
Homeless housing

A homeless man wheels his belongings past Star Apartments on skid row. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

The city of Los Angeles officially put out a call this week for developers to submit plans for building homeless housing at eight city-owned properties.

City leaders are looking to build more housing for the homeless as part of a larger plan to fight homelessness in Los Angeles, where about 27,000 are thought to be living on the streets.

City officials are asking affordable housing developers to submit proposals for what they believe can be done with the eight properties, with the hope that the parcels can either be develop into housing or sold off to raise money for housing projects elsewhere.

The developers would be placed on a list of pre-qualified firms for the proposed projects.

City leaders have adopted a $138 million plan to address homelessness in the upcoming year, and have also placed a $1.2 billion parcel tax measure on the November ballot aimed at raising a sustained source of funds for homeless housing projects.

The city’s housing department is also moving forward with its own slate of affordable and homeless housing projects at 13 other city-owned cites, according to the mayor’s office.

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