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Farmworker Housing Ordinance

On September 14, 2010 the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Farmworker Housing Ordinance. The Farmworker Housing Ordinance, which is a program in the Los Angeles County Housing Element, brings the County’s provisions for farmworker housing into compliance with the Employee Housing Act (Sections 17000-17062.5 of the California Health and Safety Code).

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For more information regarding the Farmworker Housing Ordinance, please contact Anne Russett at (213) 974-6417 or via email at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Background Information:

The State of California considers the availability of safe and decent housing for farmworkers and their families an issue of Statewide importance.

The Farmworker Housing Ordinance ensures that the County’s provisions for farmworker housing meet the requirements of the Employee Housing Act (Sections 17000-17062.5 of the Health and Safety Code).

State Law

  • Sections 51220-51222 of the Government Code identify farmworkers as the lowest average wage earners in the State, and acknowledge efforts to address the need for farmworker housing as part of the effort to preserve agricultural land as an important public interest.

  • For the purposes of zoning and land use, Section 17021.5 of the Health and Safety Code considers farmworker housing for five, but no more than six farmworkers as a single-family structure and as a residential land use. In addition, Section 17021.6 considers farmworker housing consisting of no more than 36 beds in group living quarters or 12 units or spaces for farmworkers and their households as an agricultural land use.

Community Outreach Meetings

Regional Planning staff held two community outreach meetings to obtain input from major stakeholders and gain a better understanding of the issues and challenges that farmworkers face in obtaining safe and affordable housing in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

Surveys

In July 2008, Regional Planning staff reached out to owners of active agricultural land in unincorporated Los Angeles County through the distribution of a survey. The surveys provided information on active agricultural uses and the housing need associated with these uses.

Regional Planning staff also compiled a survey for farmworkers living and/or working in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

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