LA ADU Accelerator Program

Increasing the supply of affordable housing for older Angelenos.

Key Impact

Rent is reduced to 30% of income for program participants (vs. 80%);
25 ADUs participating to date

In 2018, the City of Los Angeles was selected as a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge, which incentivized bold and creative new ideas to confront the most complex challenges facing American cities today. L.A. was selected as a winner for its innovative approach to combat the City’s homelessness crisis: the LA ADU Accelerator program. This program partners with homeowners to rent their accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to older adults facing housing insecurity. Eligible and approved homeowners and tenants are paired through a screening and matching process, and landlords receive stable rent payments and dedicated case management support during the three-year program.

Issue Area

Government Innovation, Homelessness & Housing


ONE Generation
Mayor’s Office
Mayor’s Challenge - Bloomberg Philanthropies
Housing & Community Investment Department, City of Los Angeles

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