Where Has All The (affordable) Housing Gone?

October 3, 2023

Where Has All The (affordable) Housing Gone?  Find out at Beyond Baroque this Sunday, October 8th, from 2-5 PM (doors open at 1:30).

Venice Community Housing will be at the opening reception of Where Has All The (affordable) Housing Gone? A participatory art project exploring the loss of affordable, rent-control housing in Venice, the exhibit featuring maps, photos, poetry, personal stories, and video based on seven workshops and explorations throughout Venice this spring, organized by Judy Branfman in partnership with Beyond Baroque.

A diverse group of Venetians and other Angelenos, mostly new to each other and with a wide range of housing experiences, have been writing about and photographing the hundreds of properties where people were evicted using the Ellis Act. The project also documents other ways affordable, rent-controlled homes have been eliminated and replaced with market-rate rent-controlled units, single-family houses, hotel rooms, and other types of short-term rentals in Venice.

Workshop participants will read their poetry and  guest speakers and organizers will share updates on the ongoing fight for tenants rights in Venice and across Los Angeles. Brief guided tours of the exhibition will highlight some of the themes central to this project, which aims to put a visual, personal, and political face on the loss of many hundreds of affordable rent-controlled homes in Venice, the impact on evicted tenants and the community, and the city’s lack of enforcement of the most basic tenants’ rights using photography, poetry/writing, interviews, and research—culminating in the exhibition opening.

The event is free!