Kick out the horses, bring in the homeless guys


An interesting idea.

It’d be great to see the Rancho neighborhood do this en masse. Anything to rid Burbank of the barbarity of these people keeping intelligent animals penned up in tiny enclosures.

They’re proud of that?

“Not in my backyard” protests helped block homeless housing in Temple City, delayed it in Boyle Heights and, last month, killed Orange County’s plan to relocate homeless people to shelters.

Now, Los Angeles officials want to turn NIMBYism on its head — by paying property owners to put houses for homeless people in their backyards.

In August, the county Board of Supervisors approved a $550,000 pilot program to build a handful of small backyard houses, or upgrade illegally converted garages, for homeowners who agree to host a homeless person or family. Then in February, Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded L.A. a $100,000 Mayor’s Challenge grant to study the feasibility of backyard homeless units within the city limits.


Granny flats have always provided a civilized housing alternative for the various lower-income and transient populations in Burbank. And until the state recently put a stop to the practice, towns like Burbank have also done everything they could during the last 30 years to bureaucratically stifle their growth.


Rents under the county’s pilot program would be covered by low-income vouchers, with tenants contributing 30% of their incomes. The county is also sponsoring a design competition, streamlining permits and providing technical aid and financing options.



In Burbank of course you can only imagine who would be getting those granny flat vouchers if staff ever gets involved. They’d use their famous Randomizer machine to make sure that it wasn’t anyone who really needed it, or who they personally thought wasn’t worthy of the advantage.

In Burbank, that means single people under the age of 65 who aren’t vets and aren’t female.

For the last dozen years or so there’s been an odd selection method in Burbank when it comes to receiving local housing support. Ever seen the kind of cars parked in the garage of that disabled-support housing the City helped subsidize over on San Fernando? It’s a quite affluent crowd.

How’d they all get it?

This reminds us of something. When is the last time a single individual under the age of 62 and who wasn’t a vet or disabled in some way received a Section 8 grant from the City of Burbank?

A male?

We’ll venture a guess, and we bet we’re right about it. Probably about the year 2002 or so.

That means the authentic homeless folks who don’t have a soul in the world to help them out and fall between the cracks in the favored selection criteria won’t have a chance in the world to ever qualify for this kind of granny flat housing in Burbank. It’ll be some “wonderful” young families instead.

And that’s presuming Burbank would even allow or encourage such a thing. Which of course they won’t.


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  1. Anonymous

    “famous Randomizer machine” — HA! Love it!

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