Affordable ADUs with Section 8
How can Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) support the creation of more affordable housing units in the city for Section 8 voucher holders?
LA-Más has been awarded a HUD Section 4 Capacity Building Grant for Community Development and Affordable Housing from Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support (LA LISC). The goal of the grant is to support our organizational work to increase our ADU advocacy in Los Angeles and continue to find solutions that make ADUs a viable housing option for low-income renters - with a focus on Section 8 voucher holders. This grant will support LA-Más in establishing an ADU & Section 8 program and is intended to strengthen partnership among government leaders, community organizations, and financial investors in order to achieve financial stability for the program.
Los Angeles’ current system for affordable housing doesn’t meet the growing demand. We need alternatives to housing affordability that are diverse, contextual, and efficient. It is reported by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) that 40% of Section 8 vouchers in the city are forfeited due to a lack of available housing options for voucher holders in the rental market. Even without a voucher, rental market housing is already difficult to find so using ADUs as a way to develop more housing is essential. We will work to create a working group with members that are leaders in real estate development, financing, and housing policy/advocacy experts on both a city and county level to create a distinct process and clear program that allows Section 8 voucher holders to move into an ADU at a rate that is covered by the voucher while also offering an incentive to the property owner.
Our goal is to have an understanding of project financing and create a system that allows homeowners to have access to construction loans and understand real construction costs to create a scalable process to build. We will propose a project that tests how Section 8 housing voucher holders can benefit from ADUs, resulting in a new housing strategy that can become a norm not just in Los Angeles, but throughout the country. Stay tuned for a final report in Spring 2018. For more information, please contact Alejandro at firstname.lastname@example.org.