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Dear <<First Name>>,

Keeping the 13th District affordable during these difficult times continues to be a top priority of mine. 

This is because I know what it’s like to lose one’s home and face the uncertainty of finding housing that’s affordable. Growing up, my family knew eviction firsthand. By the time I was 12, we had lived in 10 different homes. No one should have to go through this.

Here is how I’m putting this experience into action, whether through policy at City Hall or on-the-ground in the 13th District: 

This week, the Housing Committee approved a motion I helped introduce with Council President Nury Martinez that would prioritize the expansion of homeownership opportunities for low-income and middle-income Angelenos who are first-time homebuyers

While homeownership is critical to building generational wealth and reducing economic disparities, for far too long Angelenos - especially people of color - have been locked out of this opportunity. We want to ensure that more City funding is dedicated to assisting first-time home buyers with their down payments. The item now goes to the City Council for consideration. 

Additionally, I’m partnering with affordable housing groups to build more income-restricted homes where households wouldn’t have to pay more than 30% of their income toward housing costs. I have also always demanded more affordable housing set asides from developers building projects in the 13th District. 

These efforts have resulted in the 13th District producing more affordable housing than nearly any other area in the City. 

Here are two of those projects: 

In Historic Filipinotown, the HiFi Collective, which will provide 63 units of supportive housing to formerly homeless individuals, is nearly complete and will be welcoming its first residents later this year.
And, in Hollywood, we continue to make steady progress on the Hollywood Arts Collective - a new 151-unit, 100% affordable building for artists under construction on a former surface parking lot. Putting affordable housing on this site has been a priority for me since my earliest days in office and is one reason why nearly 50% of all homes under construction in the Heart of Hollywood at the end of 2021 were affordable.

And - many other projects have been proposed, are in the pipeline, or are just breaking ground, including Enlightenment Plaza, the Santa Monica/Vermont Project and The Wilcox. Together, these projects represent nearly 1,000 additional units of supportive and affordable housing for our most vulnerable families and individuals. 

All of these projects are made possible because of collaborative efforts, led by my office - but there is still much work to be done in our fight to make Los Angeles more affordable. In the 13th District, we are creating a city-wide template for how we can do that everywhere else. 

To learn more about these successes in the 13th District and how we can make all of Los Angeles more affordable, please contact us at (213) 207-3015. We welcome your involvement!

Be safe and well, 


MITCH O'FARRELL
 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

O'Farrell welcomes residents in a new corner of his district [Beverly Press]

Small earthquake centered in East Hollywood rattles L.A. [Eastsider]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

SPAULDING SQUARE - Pedestrian safety and sidewalk accessibility are a top priority for our team. Last week, in response to concerns from local residents, our team partnered with StreetsLA to repair a stretch of sidewalk at Orange Grove Avenue and Sunset Boulevard, in addition to installing a new curb. Do you have a similar improvement in mind for your block? Please contact our team so we can be of service - (213) 207-3015.

COUNCILMEMBER ON A NEW CORNER

HOLLYWOOD - On Saturday, Councilmember O'Farrell brought his flagship Councilmember in Your Corner event to the Sunset Square and Spaulding Square communities of Hollywood - two wonderful neighborhoods that we're now privileged to represent as a result of redistricting. Together, we removed litter, palm fronds, spoke with local businesses and made long-needed repairs to a curb and sidewalk on Orange Grove Avenue. Thank you to everyone who spent their Saturday morning being of service and making a difference.

AT YOUR SERVICE: WEEKLY SNAPSHOT

13TH DISTRICT - No matter the day, our team is working diligently to improve you quality of life. This week, our team started and completed two sidewalk improvements, resurfaced nearly one mile of dilapidated streets in Echo Park and replaced a concrete street segment on Gower Street between Eleanor Avenue and Romaine Street. Click on the images above or contact our office to learn more - (213) 207-3015. We'll see you in the neighborhood!

CELEBRATING TAGUMPAY DE LEON

HISTORIC FILIPINOTOWN - Councilmember O'Farrell was privileged to honor a great Filipino American, Tagumpay de Leon, for his selection as a 2021 National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellow - the highest form of recognition from the United States government for folk and traditional arts. Tagumpay - or “Uncle Pi” as he is affectionately known - lives as one of the greatest living ambassadors of the traditional Filipino instrumental art form known as Rondalla. A Southern California resident for more than four decades, Tagumpay also continues to perform and teach this invaluable art form. We were proud to help sponsor this event and thank Uncle Pi for his countless contributions to the Filipino American community, as well as the indelible mark he has left with his music.

SUPPORTING LOCAL BUSINESSES

GREATER WILSHIRE - We continued our tour of small businesses that now call the 13th District home at Arado Sushi - a Korean-American owned business that first opened its doors more than two decades ago. A multi-generational run restaurant, Arado Sushi takes pride in creating an unforgettable dining experience with delectable rolls and other dishes. We’re excited to welcome Arado Sushi to the 13th District and wish them good health and continued prosperity during the Year of the Tiger.

APPLY: LOS ANGELES YOUTH COUNCIL

LOS ANGELES - The City of Los Angeles is now accepting applications for the Olivia Mitchell Youth Council. The program, which Councilmember O'Farrell was proud to support as part of this year’s fiscal budget, will create a new generation of public servants ready to tackle our City’s most pressing issues. If you live in the City of Los Angeles and are between the ages of 16 - 25, you are eligible to apply. Members will learn about the inner workings of local government, drive special community projects and civic events, and make policy and budget recommendations to elected and civic leaders as a means of improving the well-being, safety and achievement of young Angelenos. Applications for the Olivia Mitchell Youth Council are open until February 28, 2022
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