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Mayor Bass announces more than 7,000 units of affordable housing will be accelerated as City releases draft ordinance to make Executive Directive 1 permanent

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LOS ANGELES - Mayor Bass announced today that more than 7,000 units of affordable housing are in the City of Los Angeles’ development pipeline under Executive Directive 1. Signed by Mayor Bass in December, Executive Directive 1 has a proven track record of accelerating and lowering the cost of affordable housing projects being built in Los Angeles. 

Mayor Bass also announced today that the Los Angeles Department of City Planning released a draft ordinance, requested by the Los Angeles City Council, that will make Executive Directive 1 a permanent City program. 

“We should be building as much affordable housing throughout the City as possible and Executive Directive 1 is delivering real results. The directive has doubled the number of Executive Directive 1 approved affordable housing units in three months and is helping people come inside faster and remain housed for good. I want to thank Councilmember Katy Yaroslavsky, Council President Paul Krekorian, Council President Pro Tem Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Housing and Homelessness Committee Chair Nithya Raman for launching the effort to make Executive Directive 1 permanent. I commend the City Council for acting with urgency on this program,” said Mayor Karen Bass. “With locked arms, we can deliver more affordable housing to Angelenos who need it the most and keep moving L.A. forward with the determination to confront the homelessness crisis.”

The proposed draft ordinance is available for public review here. Read the fact sheet here. The Department of City Planning will conduct a public hearing on October 11, 2023. The proposed draft ordinance is expected to be considered by the Planning Commission, City Council and Mayor this year.

Mayor Bass issued Executive Directive 1 on December 16, 2022. The directive continues to dramatically increase the number of affordable housing projects and units in the development pipeline:

  • 95 affordable housing projects have been filed with the Department of City Planning

  • 38 project cases have been completed (57 are currently under review)

  • 7,301 units of affordable housing have been proposed, of which:

    • 2,990 units of affordable housing are approved

    • 4,311 units of affordable housing are currently under review