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    State of California Awards City of West Hollywood with Prohousing Designation

    Governor Gavin Newsom announced on Saturday that nine cities and one county in California have been awarded the prestigious Prohousing Designation for their proactive measures to promote housing development across all income brackets. The cities of Berkeley, Brea, Crescent City, Fairfield, Pinole, Rancho Cucamonga, Richmond, South Lake Tahoe, and West Hollywood, along with Los Angeles County, have received this designation, which includes financial incentives and supplementary resources aimed at accelerating housing construction. This latest announcement brings the total number of California communities designated as Prohousing to 47.

    The significance of this designation lies in the pressing need to address California’s housing crisis. With a projected requirement of 2.5 million new homes over the next eight years, including at least one million for lower-income individuals, effective collaboration between state and local governments is paramount. Achieving this ambitious target demands proactive adherence to state housing regulations and the adoption of exemplary practices that surpass minimum standards.

    The Prohousing Designation acknowledges communities that actively streamline bureaucratic processes, lower construction expenses, and adopt growth-oriented housing policies. By offering financial incentives and additional resources, it aims to bolster innovative initiatives that facilitate the expansion of housing options.

    According to Governor Newsom:

    “the City of West Hollywood’s Prohousing application shows a solid commitment to developing housing, supporting affordable units, and increasing its housing supply. Within the R-1 zone, which is the most prevalent throughout the city, West Hollywood permits duplexes and triplexes by right in transit-priority, high-resource, and highest-resource areas. The city also has an Affordable Housing Trust Fund used to support nonprofit development projects, with a requirement that at least 60% of units be affordable to low- and moderate-income households and at least 20% dedicated to low-income households. Similarly, the city now waives fees for housing projects in high-resource areas when more than 25% of units are affordable, and for development projects owned or occupied by nonprofit organizations. West Hollywood also administers $2.9 million in FY 2023 General Fund monies to assist with a rental inclusionary housing program of 17,175 units throughout the City.”

    California offers incentives and supports to encourage communities to find creative solutions that break down barriers to much-needed housing production, such as accelerated production, equitable zoning, sustainable land use, reduced development costs, or financial subsidies. The 47 Prohousing communities have demonstrated they are actively working to help California meet its goal of permitting 2.5 million new homes by 2030. They have shown a commitment to working proactively to minimize obstacles, accelerate housing, increase availability of affordable housing, and combat homelessness – bettering the quality of life for all Californians.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Jerome Cleary
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    wow

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    Newsom clearly has no understanding of the difficulties of doing business in West Hollywood. These self-congratulating awards are disgusting to residents who know better.

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