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Santa Monica to Redress Wrongly Displaced Black Residents in the 50s and 60s

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Santa Monica is giving affordable housing waitlist priority to households displaced from Santa Monica in the 1950s and 1960s due to urban renewal policies. This follows a City Council decision to explore a historical displacement policy to provide housing access to former residents who were displaced by the creation of the Civic Auditorium in the Belmar Triangle neighborhood and I-10 freeway, both of which disproportionately impacted low-income communities and communities of color with about 600 predominantly black families losing their homes.

The pilot program is part of the City’s commitment to equity and inclusion. 

“With this pilot, we strive to reach former residents or their descendants who were wrongly displaced from our community and to bring them back to Santa Monica through our affordable housing program,” said Santa Monica Mayor Sue Himmelrich. “If you or your family lost your home during this period, we urge you to apply for below market housing opportunities and to work with us as we look to craft a permanent program.” 

The program initially will initially be open to 100 displaced families or their descendants who earn limited incomes, giving them priority access to apartments with below-market rents.


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