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Public Invited to Affordable Housing Round Table Discussion

The Culver City City Council together with the office of Assemblymember Holly Mitchell will host the event on Feb. 8 to discuss how to move forward on projects in the wake of the loss of Redevelopment funds.

Assemblymember Holly Mitchell and the Culver City Council will host a round table discussion, open to the public, on Fri. Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. - noon at the Mike Balkman Chambers at City Hall, to discuss the future of affordable housing in Culver City.

Leaders from the affordable housing development, lending and academic communities will discuss topics ranging from creating permanent sources of funding to using local zoning to create affordable housing. (Click on the PDF to the right of this article for the complete list of panelists).

With the loss of redevelopment funds, the City is now working to find ways to sustain and grow affordable housing in the area.

The City issued the following statement, noting:

With the approval of  [the City council] of the first three years of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy in 2008, Culver City was poised to create 54 affordable housing units by 2013 and projected to create 264 affordable housing units by 2015.

Culver City’s Tilden Terrace commenced construction last year and will redevelop an entire block with a place-making, mixed-use affordable housing development.

These residences represent the first affordable family housing units created in 10 years in Culver City.

All of these units were funded significantly by the Redevelopment Agency’s Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund (LMIFH).

In 2011, efforts to construct new affordable housing units came to a halt, and nearly 20 percent of the 54 units and all other future affordable housing units may never be built.

It has been one year since the devastating loss of the Low and Moderate Income Housing Fund through the elimination of Redevelopment Agencies. Culver City lost $8 million annually, resulting in a significant blow to the creation of affordable housing in Culver City. Other cities throughout the state have felt similar impacts.

If you are interested in attending the event, please RSVP by Feb. 5 to Tevis Barnes at (310) 253-5782 or tevis.barnes@culvercity.org.

Free parking is available under City Hall at 9770 Culver Blvd. Entrance on Duquesne Avenue, next to the Culver City Police Station.

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Tom January 31, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Housing is affordable when people are paid enough to afford it. Much affordable housing simply subsidizes those who use lots of low wage labor (nannies, housekeepers, gardeners, etc., and dining out). Another way to have housing be more affordable is to build good, safe units that are not large and do not have expensive amenities. The city can encourage this development by using zoning laws to encourage high density housing in currently non-residential areas. There is no need for taxpayer funded subsidies. Perhaps every nook and cranny of former commercial and industrial space need not be provided to art galleries and creative arts firms. Some of these spaces would be ideal for higher density 3-7 story buildings that could provide affordable, safe, and pleasing housing for thousands.

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