Homeless Housed in Back Yard?

When you read something like this, it really focuses on the mind-set of all too many politicians.

An excerpt from the Sacramento Bee article.

Not in my backyard” protests helped block homeless housing in Temple City, delayed it in Boyle Heights and, last month, killed Orange County’s plan to relocate homeless people to shelters.

Now, Los Angeles officials want to turn NIMBYism on its head — by paying property owners to put houses for homeless people in their backyards.

In August, the county Board of Supervisors approved a $550,000 pilot program to build a few small backyard houses, or upgrade illegally converted garages, for homeowners who agree to host a homeless person or family. Then, in February, Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded L.A. a $100,000 grant to study the feasibility of backyard homeless units within the city limits.

Rents under the county’s pilot program would be covered by low-income vouchers, with tenants contributing 30 percent of their incomes. The county is also sponsoring a design competition, streamlining permits and providing technical aid and financing options.

Retrieved April 12, 2018 from http://www.sacbee.com/news/state/article208664689.html

 

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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