School employees — but not teachers — live in the Sage Park Apartments, which opened in 2015. Photo: Los Angeles Times
To retain teachers, Los Angeles Unified built two below-market apartment complexes on district land and is finishing a third. Not one teacher lives in the district’s affordable housing, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Teachers, who start at $50,300 a year, earn too much. Instead, the apartments are occupied by low-paid school employees such as cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers and aides.
Federal subsidies used to build the apartments “restricted the units to households that earned 30% to 60% of area median income,” the Times explains. That’s less than $35,000 a year for a single person.
Diamond Jones, 24, a special education assistant who earns $15 an hour, pays $588 a month for a one-bedroom apartment, less than a third of the market rate.