Los Angeles, CALos Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved her motion on redeveloping the Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Cudahy District Office for affordable housing and economic development in Southeast Los Angeles (SELA):

“Due to the exorbitant rehabilitation costs required to continue use of the DPSS District Office in the City of Cudahy, the County has been working to explore alternative uses for the site,” shared Chair Solis. “Earlier this month, the City moved to authorize the demolition of several sites around the DPSS facility as they have been deemed unsafe and unfit for occupancy. The City’s demolition of the structures adjacent to the DPSS facility will create new vacant land in the heart of SELA, a community that has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing housing crisis. Combining the City-owned land with the vacated County-owned land, will provide an opportunity to explore the creation of new affordable housing, economic development opportunities, and community-serving uses – addressing long-standing disinvestment and structural discrimination in SELA.”

The motion establishes the project with a proposed project budget of $4,000,000 and authorizes the County’s Director of Public Works to proceed with predevelopment activities, including but not limited to an environmental assessment and site investigations and design, using previously Board-approved as-needed professional services contracts.

To view the full motion, click here.