A new Pasadena law would allow local hotels and motels to be more easily converted to permanent supportive housing. The ordinance passed 5-1, with Councilmember Gene Masuda voting against it. Masuda expressed concerns that much of the new family-oriented permanent housing resulting from the zoning amendment would occur in his district.
The Pasadena City Council Monday amended two local zoning ordinances to make it substantially easier to convert local hotels and motels into permanent housing. The new citywide ordinance would supersede local specific zoning plans. City-wide, The new ordinance would potentially affect 17 hotels and motels in town.
Permanent supportive housing differs from affordable or transitional housing in that it is most often developed for homeless families and is designed to be a long-term solution. Permanent supportive housing is usually combined with services, such as mental health and health services, drug and alcohol treatment, and education and job training.
Councilmember Margaret McAustin said, “We are creating a means to create something. We are not discussing a project here. We are discussing how those could be approved. This is going to take years off the six years it takes to build affordable housing. This is very exciting. This is a whole new opportunity to get people off the streets.”
Courtesy of Pasadena Now – By Eddie Rivera.
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