The Essential Housing Campaign

Essential Housing for Our Essential Workers

[Coming March 2021]

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CONTEXT

Reinventing housing production because our future depends on it.

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Our most essential workers – nurses, firefighters, teachers, and many more – no longer live in the communities they serve, pushed out to the urban fringe and to the brink of financial instability. The core values of a city – even its ability to function – depends on the success and wellbeing of its essential workers. 

Building a better home is essential work. The Essential Housing Campaign brings us together to build new housing in more creative, cost-effective, and collaborative ways. To bring us all onto the same page, we learn why we need to improve and build more housing, highlighting the range of issues and impacts stemming from the current lack of affordable homes. To reinvent how we build, we bring together leading solutions in policy, finance, and design. And to illustrate what we can build, we showcase over 100 new housing designs and case studies from around the world.

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GOAL

130,000 new essential homes by the LA 2028 Summer Olympics.

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The ultimate goal of The Essential Housing Campaign is to reach and surpass Los Angeles County’s state-mandated moderate income housing production goals* by the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics – building 130k new moderate income units in the next seven years (equal to almost 20k new homes per year), bringing $40 billion of new investment into the region, and creating thousands of stable, moderate-income jobs.

To reach this ambitious goal, the Campaign acts as the convening catalyst to align our resources and stakeholders together in ways that will help approve, fund, and build the essential housing we need.

*See state’s sixth cycle RHNA goals for LA County here (and how far short we are on our current production goals here)

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