Affordable Housing Partnership for Artists

The Affordable Housing Partnership for Artists (AHPA) was created in 2014 with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” program.  The grant was awarded to the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, which hired The Actors Fund to administer the program.

The purpose of the partnership was to inform arts and entertainment professionals about available affordable housing in the community and provide education and training on how to effectively apply. The project focused on three properties completed in Los Angeles County in 2014 and early 2015.

As part of a federal housing initiative, those three property developers set aside 20% of their units at affordable rents, or 191 total affordable units.  AHPA provided three-hour trainings on the application process to more than 900 participants over the course of the year. Of the 191 units available, 51 ultimately were rented to arts and entertainment professionals.  The difference between the affordable rents charged to these artists and the market rate rents of the units totals more than $1 million per year for the 51 artists and their families.

The Department of Cultural Affairs terminated AHPA in 2015, but The Actors Fund continues to provide information and training on new affordable housing opportunities as they arise.  Visit The Fund’s site to sign up for periodic notifications of housing availability at

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