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LA Is Falling Far Short Of Its Goals On Middle-Class Housing Development

SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 08:  A sign advertising an apartment for rent is displayed in front of an apartment building July 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California. As the economy continues to falter, vacancy rates for U.S. apartments have spiked to a twenty two year high of 7.5 percent, just short of the record high of 7.8 percent set in 1986.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
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A sign advertising an apartment for rent is displayed in front of an apartment building July 8, 2009 in San Francisco, California.

The city of Los Angeles is falling far short of its goals when it comes to low-income housing development. Only about 20 percent of the new units needed for low and very-low income residents are actually getting built. 

But the city is doing an even worse job on housing for the middle class.  Developers have only built 3% of the new housing needed for moderate-income residents, meaning those who earn between about $42,000 and $63,000 per year.