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L.A.'s Homelessness Bond Measure Likely To Pass

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From left: United Way of Greater Los Angeles CEO Elise Buik, Los Angeles City Councilman Mike Bonin, Los Angeles City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and L.A. City Council President Herb Wesson watch results at the Yes on HHH victory party in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday night. (Photo by Julia Wick/LAist)
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Here's one bright light in an otherwise bleak night: it looks like Proposition HHH, which would fund desperately needed housing for L.A.'s homeless population, is set to pass. The city-wide bond measure would generate $1.2 billion to fund permanent housing for the city's unhoused, and would bring in 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing. According to the L.A. Times, the bonds would be repaid through a new property tax, which would average out to cost Angelenos just under $9.64 a year for each $100,000 in assessed home valuation over 29 years.

Although the majority of Los Angeles ballots still need to be counted, as of 8:45 p.m. (with 3% of precincts reporting) Angelenos were voting 74.8 percent in favor of Proposition HHH, according to City News Service. The measure needs two-thirds of the vote to pass.

By 9:30 p.m., supporters of the bond measure had declared victory as city leaders took the stage to celebrate:

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There are estimated 28,464 homeless individuals in the city, an 11% increase from 2015.