If a pilot program is approved by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors, some L.A. County homeowners could qualify for up to a $75,000 subsidy to build a second "home" in their property to house homeless people.
The program was introduced last year, as part of the county's list of 47 strategies to house the homeless. Homeowners who build a second dwelling in areas zoned for such structures could get up to $75,000 toward a loan, and those who already have a second dwelling could get up to $50,000 for remodeling and legalizing them.
Unlike a guest house, second dwellings have kitchens.
Details on who would be housed and the selection process are still in the works, but the goal of the program is to promote second dwellings as a source of affordable housing.