Join the 3,000 people getting fresh weekly insights about proptech and the real estate industry.

There is no doubt that the county of Los Angeles suffers from a shortage of affordable housing. A report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) shows that while over 1.2 million renter households would qualify for affordable housing in California, there are only 24 affordable and available homes for every 100 of them.


How much income qualifies for affordable housing in LA?

The median family income in Los Angeles is $80,000 a year as measured by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). A single person living in Los Angeles County can qualify for low-income housing if they earn $54,250 a year. The qualified income levels vary from county to county. With cost of living rising and wages declining, large monthly rent payments will stretch low-income renters thin. 

2021 median family income for Los Angeles County

What are factors affecting housing affordability?

Households earning under half the median income spend over 70 percent of their income on rent. After groceries and other fixed expenses are deducted, they save little for a down payment on a home or other purchases.

The California Housing Partnership and the Southern California Association of Nonprofit Housing found that 569,255 new units are needed to meet the demand of lower-income renters. There has been a 54% decline in new affordable housing developments between 2016 and 2017. This is largely because investors are uncertain about the future and how the federal tax reform will affect the value of tax credits. Developers often rely on these tax credits to keep costs low on their real estate projects.

What are possible solutions to combat the housing crisis?

In recent months, the value of low-income housing tax credits has increased, which foreshadows a potential resurge in affordable housing production. This sounds great yet the market may take years to catch up to the housing demand. Lowering application fees, eliminating rental housing discrimination, and creating a fair rental system are all short-term goals we should pursue. These goals can allow more renters into homes and lower the demand for affordable housing.

How Poplar Homes Can Help You

Poplar Homes Property Management offers a non-discriminatory online rental process for renters to schedule showings and apply to properties for free. Renters can sign a lease, pay rent, and schedule maintenance tickets all through their personal online dashboard.

While rental markets, such as Los Angeles, are not getting the immediate attention of developers, Poplar Homes is easing the rental process by allowing renters to live in properties through a simple qualification process. 

Save up to 60% on Property Management in LA