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Office of Congressmember Bass Hosts “Housing First” Resource Fair in South Los Angeles

November 18, 2017
Press Release
LOS ANGELES - Today, the Office of Congressmember Karen Bass (D-Calif.) hosted over 400 constituents at a housing resource fair in South Los Angeles. The fair lasted more than four hours and included representatives from over 35 service providers, focusing on housing retention, navigating affordable housing waitlists, homelessness prevention, first-time home-buyers and more.

“Los Angeles currently has an overall housing vacancy rate of two percent, so even if you have money, you can have a hard time finding housing,” Rep. Bass said. “As rents increase because of scarce supply, people are finding themselves in difficult situations.  The goal of this event was to connect people with the organizations and services that can help folks to improve their situation. I think we accomplished just that.”

Participants found help with senior housing, veteran’s housing and other benefits, home loans, tenants’ rights, independent living for former foster youth and even landlord supports for those willing to help people transitioning out of homelessness.  Providers consulted with attendees individually throughout the day, and spoke about their services in six different panels.   

Three organizations offered job placement assistance onsite, so participants can afford to maintain their housing, and others offered healthcare and access to low-cost child care, to support people in keeping their jobs.  In addition, all those attending were made aware of the county-wide affordable housing listings available at, and many people got help using that website to find affordable housing complexes and signing up for their waitlists.  For pictures of the event, click here.