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Blueprint Discussion: Housing and Homelessness

Apr 30 @ 6:30 pm-8:30 pm

Join UCLA Luskin’s Jim Newton, editor-in-chief of Blueprint magazine, and experts from academia and government for a live conversation about one of our most basic needs — shelter — and how the region is working to help vulnerable Angelenos.

On any given night in Los Angeles County, an estimated 53,000 people are homeless — roughly 31,000 in the City of Los Angeles alone. About a third are chronically homeless with challenges related to mental health and addiction, but most are homeless because of a lack of affordable housing. While the income of renters has declined by 3 percent since 2000, rents have increased by 32 percent. Families falling on hard times have no place to go. A countywide tax raises more than $300 million per year to address the issue, but NIMBYism (not-in-my-backyard) is often an insurmountable hurdle when it comes to building permanent and temporary housing for the formerly homeless.

PARTICIPANTS

PHIL ANSELL
Director, The Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative

CHRISTINA MILLER
Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles Homelessness Initiatives

VINIT MUKHIJA
Professor and Chair, Urban Planning, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

MODERATED BY JIM NEWTON
Editor-in-chief, UCLA Blueprint

With opening remarks by Los Angeles County Board Supervisor MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS.