FOSTERING SUSTAINABLE, LIVABLE, AND ECONOMICALLY VIABLE COMMUNITIES

With 44,000 people homeless on any given night, Los Angeles County is in the midst of a crisis that has been building for decades.

Since coming into office, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has spearheaded a range of efforts to address the problem with urgency. It includes building almost 2,000 affordable housing units in the Second District over the last six years, with another 750 units on the way, as well as raising wages and spurring economic development that alleviate poverty.

The County’s Homeless Prevention Initiative, coupled with the Affordable Care Act and other measures, offer an unprecedented opportunity to ease the crisis. Below is a timeline of efforts undertaken — and still underway — to help people find shelter and attain stability, and to foster livable communities.