Los Angeles is serious about addressing the homeless crisis in the city and is now taking the lead on solving the problem thanks to the newly signed Assembly Bill 1197.
The bill was made effective on September 26, 2019, allowing builders, city officials and organizations to bypass previous environmental guidelines known to heavily prevent and prolong many projects.
The bill was written specifically for LA, a city notoriously tough to build in. The objective? Construct temporary, affordable and supportive permanent housing options for the thousands of unhoused Angelenos that need it most. Giving the community an opportunity to take immediate action towards decreasing the homelessness population with new shelters and interim housing.
In 2016, voters unanimously approved Measure HHH, a $1.2 billion bond that will be funding the build of about 10,000 units across the city.
All approved projects now until January 1, 2025, are no longer subjected to the lengthy environmental review process, known as CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) that required builders to examine, draft and publish a report on how they plan to mitigate their impact of things like noise, traffic, and city views. AB1197 will exempt the CEQA requirements carried out by the City of Los Angeles and other public agencies, as defined or related to supportive housing and emergency shelters.
The bill will also make it more difficult for residents to prevent homeless shelter developments in their neighborhoods.
Due to the extent of the LA homeless crisis, and the homeless issue throughout California, the City of Los Angeles is looking for unique ways to complete the structures as quickly and as efficiently as possible. For this reason, organizations are turning to EcoSteel’s pre-engineered architectural steel buildings to get the job done; an option that allows quality buildings to be built in the quickest time possible.
“We use the latest engineering, and construction technology in every design to deliver a steel structure ready for fast assembly- a complementary option for the Los Angeles homeless initiative.” -Joss Hudson, EcoSteel
More and more developers are turning to EcoSteel’s design flexibility, pre-engineered Building Systems, and shortened completion times to turn their blueprints into buildings.
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