2018 Champion City

Los Angeles, CA : 2018 Champion City

Tackling Homelessness One Small Dwelling at a Time

  • 3,976,322

  • Eric Garcetti

  • Directly Elected Mayor

    Type of Government
  • 4 years

    Length of Term
  • Homelessness

    Issue Area

The Problem

Homelessness experienced a 20 percent rise last year and, on any given night, more than 28,000 Angelenos go to sleep without a roof over their heads.

The Idea

To help combat the crisis, the City of Los Angeles will offer incentives to make it easier and cheaper for single-family homeowners to build accessory dwelling units in exchange for allowing a homeless resident, with social supports and subsidies, to rent the unit for the three years.

What Mayor Eric Garcetti is saying:

Everyone in L.A. deserves a place to come home to, which is why our new Accessory Dwelling Unit project helps Angelenos the opportunity to help their homeless neighbors get back on their feet.

Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles, CA

Our Prototyping Journey