Homeowners Can Help in the Fight Against Homelessness

The Board of Supervisors is making it easier for homeowners to build or convert existing spaces into Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also known as “backyard houses” or “granny flats.” The goal: to help increase the region’s seriously depleted housing stock though the development of safe and livable low-cost housing options.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas underscored the importance of ADUs in the fight against homelessness. “Addressing a shortage of more than 550,000 affordable units across Los Angeles County will require the expedient deployment of different types of housing, and ADUs are a great way for single family properties to be part of the solution,” he said. “It puts rent income into homeowners’ pockets, without altering the character of their neighborhoods.”

He recently hosted workshops at the Exposition Park Constituent Service and Training Center for homeowners curious about building, fixing up or legalizing a rental on their property. Click on the links below to learn more.

Seeking to catalyze the community of architects, designers, planners and creative strategists to re-imagine the potential of ADUs, the County’s Art Commission launched Part of the Solution: Yes to ADU in partnership with the County’s Homeless Initiative, Department of Regional Planning and Community, and Development Commission.

In January 2018, it announced the winners of an ADU design competition. Participants included ranged from students to established practitioners, who assembled a tangible index of possibilities that can help policymakers, architects and homeowners implement ADUs in their communities.