Community land trusts: Idea for affordable housing catches on in LA

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Jose Lopez and Irma Galvez are pushing to become co-owners of their Baldwin Hills apartment building through a community land trust. Photo by Zoie Matthew.

LA’s community land trusts aim to keep housing affordable by letting residents own the buildings they live in. They’re also a radical experiment in living cooperatively. 

LA County’s mental health hotline is 988, but long wait times and bureaucratic rigmarole have hobbled the program, leaving many without help when they need it most. 

The LA Times Festival of Books is returning for its 27th year of programming. On April 22-23, they’re featuring over 500 writers, poets, celebs, musicians, and more.