The workforce housing shortage is a quality-of-life issue. This housing shortage cannot be solved by government alone. Land is simply too expensive, and cities don’t build homes—the private sector does. The city has attempted to increase the affordable housing stock, but most say the numbers are too small.
Examples are our Renters Assistance (“RAP”) and Family Self-Sufficiency (“FSS”) programs which attempt to fill the gap for a small number of families to afford to live in Culver City, while also helping them achieve financial independence. In addition, we’ve recently reduced restrictions on accessory dwellings/granny flats that can also help with the housing shortage. However, I question whether this is enough, especially since some of the programs are depending on use of the City General Fund.
My plan to tackle the problem is not to recreate the wheel but to exercise it better.
I would focus on enhancing the existing Public-Private Partnerships (i.e. Habitat for Humanity, Century Housing, etc.).
Just in 2016, Culver City saw its first affordable ownership housing project built in Culver City (10 new homes offered at affordable prices). For this to happen, the city donated vacant land and waived all building permit fees for the ten new homes. In addition, I would challenge city staff to give some creative ideas on how we can better challenge developers to include more workforce housing in their projects.