Los Angeles’ Housing Crisis Is a Human Crisis

Packed In: Overcrowded housing in Los Angeles has brought death by design

For decades, Los Angeles has been the nation’s most crowded place for apartments to live, according to census data from 2013. It’s no longer the nation most crowded, though. The census numbers indicate that in 2018 the nation had the lowest average number of beds per person among large cities. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Los Angeles’ number has dropped from 1,988 in 2013 to 1,918 in 2018, and other large cities such as New York, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Chicago only have marginally more.

These figures don’t include all the apartments that are empty; in 2018 the census showed that there were 5,771 available rental units in Los Angeles at the time of the census. This is likely a large portion of that 5,771 because there’s no such thing as an “empty” rental unit, as people are just being turned away. For the census to include it as a vacant space in 2018 was either an oversight or an intentional effort to obscure the lack of housing for people at all income levels.

As housing prices rise in Los Angeles with no more room to grow, the city is facing a housing crisis, especially for those at the upper end of the income spectrum. By all accounts, there is nowhere for people who make over $110,000 in the city to live in, and no plans to make more space for them in the near future.

The city is filled with empty apartments and a lack of housing for working-class Americans

So what’s the solution? A housing crunch is a “human crisis,” according to the American Housing and Residence Finance Association, which advocates to “promote an affordable and livable community without sacrificing the quality of life for residents and their families.”

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