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Building Home Equity & Increasing Affordable Housing

LA-Más received a grant from LA-LISC to explore how ADUs could be a viable housing option for Section 8 voucher holders and help low- to moderate-income homeowners build home equity. We are currently hosting a series of focus groups to inform the development of a new program that provides incentives to homeowners to develop an ADU on their property in exchange for a commitment to rent to a Section 8 tenant. In the past couple of weeks, we have hosted one focus group with homeowners in Sherman Oaks and another with members of Southern CA Association of Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH), which included housing professionals and homeowners. Check out our presentation for more information!

If you are a housing professional or homeowner interested in sharing your thoughts about the type of support you would need to participate in such a program, we have two more focus groups scheduled next week! We also have a quick survey for housing professionals and homeowners that will help us better understand your needs and/or how you might like to be involved in this new program.

Monday, December 11th, 12:00-1:30pm
SCANPH 1st Floor Conference Room
501 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, 90020

Tuesday, December 12th, 7:00-8:30pm
Private Home in Highland Park
(Address provided upon RSVP)

For more info and to RSVP, contact Alejandro: or (323) 392-7951

Affordable ADU program in the works...

We are excited to have been awarded a grant from Wells Fargo to help us become a one-stop-shop for ADU design, permitting, financing, and construction. In partnership with Genesis LA and Restore Neighborhoods LA (RNLA) - we are developing a new program that will provide homeowners with affordable ADU services that will result in affordable ADU rentals. Stay tuned for more updates next year!

Welcome to Western Design Workshops

Last month, we hosted our 1st Design Workshop on the sidewalk outside of the Nat King Cole Post Office on Western Avenue. About 40 neighborhood residents came by to see our initial design concepts and share their opinions about which they preferred to see on Western Avenue. We served delicious food from local Guatemalan/Mexican restaurant Casa Chapina. We also displayed our design boards outside of the Anderson Munger Family YMCA and collected some more feedback from people as they entered and exited the facility. Check out these infographics we created that summarize the community priorities that we heard - which is informing our design ideas.

Our 2nd Design Workshop is coming up! We are creating more refined designs and honing in on potential sites for interventions and we want you to be part of this iterative process! Help us create a more walkable small business corridor on Western Avenue!


Wednesday, December 20th

3:00pm-6:00pm (stop by anytime!)
Mesón Cafe: 459 N. Western Ave.


For more information, please contact Avital: or (818) 644-1078

Announcing our New Advisory Council

We are so grateful to have a diverse team of experts that support our work and have agreed to serve on our inaugural Advisory Council. Each of these individuals are visionaries in their respective fields and have inspired us with their alternative models of thought and engagement. We are looking forward to having their support as advocates, champions, and strategic thought partners.

Media Highlights
  • Curbed: "How a Return to Multigenerational Living is Shifting the Housing Market" Our Co-Executive Helen Leung was featured in this article, speaking about how ADUs can support the housing needs of both seniors and millennials, and add to the city’s supply of affordable units.
LA-Más is an urban design non-profit that helps lower-income & underserved communities shape their future through policy and architecture. We envision a world where city growth is equitable and self-directed —where the best local solutions are brought to a city-wide scale.
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