Fwd: [occupyla] New City Council nonsense attacks non-family housing
- [It just gets more and more draconian. During a time when LA's high
rent costs effectively *require* that people double up, this is an
"end run" that may prevent us from taking care of one another during
a "long emergency" that shows no sign of letting up! Damn it to
hell!--- Get out there and DO SOMETHING! CALL LA City Council and do
NOT be polite! Unfortunately, the original posting on 2013-01-08
does not state when this measure is coming to a vote. ...uncledon.]
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:06:34 -0800
From: Michael Novick <antiracistaction_la@...>
Subject: [occupyla] New City Council nonsense attacks non-family housing
Why Was CCFO Created?
The Community Care Facilities Ordinance was created by former
Councilman Greig Smith in order to eliminate sober living facilities
in single family neighborhoods. Under Councilman Mitch Englander, the
bill now attempts to eliminate nuisance properties and living
arrangements that allegedly disturb the peace and safety of communities.
How will CCFO address these concerns?
It won't, and that's the problem.
CCFO proposes to address this by amending sections of the LA City
Municipal Code to:
* Eliminate all formal shared housing arrangements in
single-family residential communities by disallowing multiple leases
in one unit.
* Eliminates and/or regulates residential structures that house 3
or more persons on probation or parole.
However, this provides no new enforcement mechanisms or resources to
regulate disruptive behaviors that already violate existing nuisance
laws. These negligent property owners have ignored the problems
to-date and will continue to find loopholes around the new law (e.g.
putting everyone under one lease).
What will happen if CCFO passes?
Instead of adding to the stability of our communities, CCFO will only
add more insecurity for our most vulnerable neighbors. It's bad policy.
The following are examples of living arrangements that would become illegal:
* Vets: 4 formerly homeless veterans sharing a home, each with a
separate lease as required by the HUD-VASH voucher.
* Seniors: 3 seniors who share a home to reduce housing expenses
on their fixed income.
* Low-Income Families: 2 families share a home, each with a
verbal agreement to share expenses.
* Students: 2 international or college students, each with own
lease, renting from a senior home owner.
* Persons w/ Disabilities: 3 people with disabilities share a
home, each with own lease.
If you doubt the impact, consider the following:
* As many as 43,000 renters living in poverty in the City share
* An additional 9,500 people living in poverty rent a room in a
home, often from other renters.
* People in poverty sharing living arrangements are already at
significant risk of homelessness. The practice of "doubling up" would
be illegal in many parts of the City, potentially leaving thousands
of people no choice but the streets or shelters.
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So, what's the alternative?
Tell the City Council to VOTE NO. We need to enforce existing
nuisance & maximum occupancy laws and strengthen the nuisance
abatement process, not create more unenforceable regulations.
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