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The housing crisis in LA is only getting worse. Twenty percent of LA families spend more than half their income on rent. Among lower income households, that number climbs to nearly 80 percent. And right now, despite the shortage, relatively little affordable housing is being built. But as KCRW’s Saul Gonzalez reports, a public institution better known for reading, writing and arithmetic is now trying its hand at real estate.

Artist rendering of completed LAUSD housing complex now under construction in Hollywood. When built, about 50% of the apartments will be set aside for school district employees.
Artist rendering of completed LAUSD housing complex now under construction in Hollywood. When built, about 50% of the apartments will be set aside for school district employees. (Courtesy Abode Communities)

Sage Park is a LAUSD housing complex that opened last year in Gardena. In cooperation with development partners, the school district's goal was to create affordable housing that looked inviting and stylish for its employees.
Sage Park is a LAUSD housing complex that opened last year in Gardena. In cooperation with development partners, the school district's goal was to create affordable housing that looked inviting and stylish for its employees. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez)

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer, @SaulKCRW
Larry Gross, Coalition for Economic Survival, @la_ces
Tony Salazar, McCormack Baron Salazar, @McCormackBaron

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Los Angeles Is The Latest City With A Housing Crisis
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Reps. Waters, Bass Call for an End to the Ellis Act and an End to Mass Evictions

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Sarah Spitz

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