Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning

Interim and Supportive Housing Ordinance


Interim housing provides short-term stays and various services for people experiencing homelessness until they are connected with permanent housing. Interim housing includes shelters, where people can stay up to six months, and transitional housing, where people can stay up to two years.

Supportive housing is affordable housing combined with a comprehensive array of services that help people who face the most complex challenges to live with stability, autonomy, and dignity.

The Interim and Supportive Housing Ordinance (ISHO) aims to encourage the development of housing for people experiencing homelessness (shelters, transitional housing, and supportive housing), and to support temporary vehicle living. The draft ISHO includes a few components, including proposals to: comply with State law regarding shelters, transitional and supportive housing, and other housing types for specific populations; streamline shelter and accessory shelter review by allowing them by-right in certain zones where appropriate; clarify review of accessory overnight safe parking lots; streamline temporary and permanent conversion of hotels, motels and youth hostels to transitional housing and shelters that meet certain criteria by allowing them by-right in zones where appropriate; and expand parking options for recreational vehicles.

July 22, 2020 Regional Planning Commission Public Hearing

Please note that public hearings, and the process for holding the hearings, are subject to change due to the COVID-19 crisis. Please check DRP’s COVID-19 page for the most updated hearing information.

Supplemental Memo dated July 21, 2020
Supplemental Memo dated July 16, 2020
Staff Report dated July 9, 2020
Exhibit A: Draft Resolution of the Regional Planning Commission
Exhibit B: Interim and Supportive Housing – Public Hearing Draft (June 18, 2020)
Exhibit C: Addendum to the certified Los Angeles County General Plan Update Final Environmental Impact Report
Exhibit D: Senate Bill 2 (2007): Affirmatively Advancing Solutions to Homelessness (Los Angeles County Title 22 Analysis & Recommendations)
Exhibit E: Notice of Public Hearing
Exhibit F: Public Correspondence

Policy Outline Available

Interim and Supportive Housing Ordinance Policy Outline


California Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) was approved in 2007 with the goal of preventing zoning barriers to the development of shelters, and transitional and supportive housing. In 2016, the County passed the Homeless Initiative, a comprehensive plan to address homelessness through social services, funding and land use strategies. Strategy F1 of the Homeless Initiative is ‘Promote Regional SB 2 Compliance and Implementation.’ As part of Strategy F1, the County funded a report analyzing the County Code and providing recommendations for SB 2 compliance in the County’s unincorporated areas, as well as best practices for encouraging development of shelters, and transitional and supportive housing.

On February 20, 2018, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors directed the Department of Regional Planning to initiate an ordinance to remove zoning obstacles to encourage and incentivize permanent supportive housing, including motel conversions; to comply with California State Senate Bill 2 (2007), removing barriers to homeless shelters, and transitional and permanent supportive housing in the zoning code and other County Code titles, and considering fair housing and reasonable accommodations.

On January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill (AB) 2162 went into effect. It requires by right, streamlined review of supportive housing on properties where multifamily and mixed uses are permitted, if the supportive housing development meets certain criteria.

On July 31, 2019, Assembly Bill (AB) 101 was approved by the Governor and went into immediate effect. AB 101 requires by right, streamlined review of shelters in nonresidential zones that permit multifamily housing, if the shelter meets certain criteria.

Community Outreach

In March and April, 2019, the Department of Regional Planning held four open house meetings in unincorporated communities to discuss the ordinance and get feedback. Staff from County departments and agencies involved in addressing homelessness (Chief Executive Office Homeless Initiative, Departments of Health Services, and Mental Health, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Sheriff’s Department, and United Way) also attended the open houses to discuss their programs.

Additionally, the Department has attended several community group meetings to discuss ISHO and the other new housing ordinances. Feedback from the open houses, community group meetings, as well as outreach and engagement with stakeholders and relevant County staff have informed the preliminary draft ordinance, released to the public in September 2019:

For more information, contact Heather Anderson at handerson@planning.lacounty.gov or (213) 974-6417.

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