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Debate: Prop HHH, the $1.2-billion homeless housing bond

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Night falls on a 'crack alley', so-called for its 24-hour drug trading, especially in cheap crack cocaine, December 11, 2000 in Los Angeles, CA. David McNew / Getty Images

Homelessness has become a front-burner issue for the city and county of Los Angeles. Pretty much everyone agrees that there is a homeless crisis, but there’s little consensus otherwise on how best to solve the problem.

Enter Proposition HHH, which would build 8,000 to 10,000 permanent housing units to house the homeless, as well as fund the construction of affordable housing units.

The prop has a price tag of $1.2 billion, and has wide-ranging support, including from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, United Way, and the L.A. Area Chamber of Commerce.

But, of course, not everyone is happy with it. Opponents say that building new units is not the best way to tackle the homeless issue, and criticize the plan for not devoting resources to the mental health challenges many homeless people face. Others argue that renters -- not just property owners -- should also also be put on the hook to pay for it.

The proposition, which is on the Nov. 8 ballot, requires two-thirds of the vote to pass. The money required for the project would be funded by a new property tax on residential and commercial properties.


Jose Huizar, Los Angeles City Councilmember representing District 4, which includes Boyle Heights, Downtown LA and other neighborhoods

Mark Ryavec, president of Venice Stakeholders Assn., and former chief deputy assessor for Los Angeles County. He recently co-wrote an op-ed for the LA Times in opposition of Prop HHH

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