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Youth Participate in WEDay thanks to Actor Tyrese Gibson
Thirty youth from various public housing communities were invited to participate in WE Day California thanks to film star Tyrese Gibson and his Love Circle Foundation. The Six-time GRAMMY® nominee, author, producer, and philanthropist reached out to the Housing Authority and personally extended an invitation to We Day California, a day filled with world-renowned speakers and performers, mixed with real inspirational stories of change.  The event is a gathering of young adults to inspire them to ...
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Tell Us Your Thoughts on the Housing Issues Facing Your Community by Completing the 2017 Fair Housing Survey
The City and County of Los Angeles and their respective Housing Authorities are currently conducting a fair housing study known as the “Assessment of Fair Housing” (AFH). This study is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a condition for receiving federal housing and community development funds.The goals of the study are to identify whether barriers to fair housing choice exist in Los Angeles County and City in the rental and real estate markets and the mor...
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Mar Vista Garden’s youth, Salvador Molina, Receives Youth of the Year Award
Salvador Molina, a 17-year-old resident of Mar Vista Gardens and a member of the Jack and Cindy Jones Club house of the Boys and Girls Club of Mar Vista Gardens, was presented with the 2018 Youth of the Year award for The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica. Winning the Youth of the Year award for The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica was like a dream come true for Molina. When Molina enters a room, his positive demeanor easily lights up the room. He’s been described by his peers as a po...
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FSS Program Graduate of the Month: Lakenya Thomas
Lakenya Thomas was unemployed and receiving public assistance when she received her Section 8 voucher in 2004. Six years later, Thomas was selected to join the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. The FSS Program, specifically designed for Section 8 tenants, helps participants to identify and reach their educational and career goals by connecting them to services and resources in hopes of helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency. Before joining the FSS Program, Thomas explained she cou...
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 Mayor Eric Garcetti Joins HACLA and Partners to Celebrate $35 MM State Grant for Watts
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Joe Buscaino joined HACLA and the Watts Rising partners to celebrate the $35 million state Cap-and-Trade funding for affordable housing and environmental initiatives in Watts.  Los Angeles was able to secure the $35 million Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) grant through the efforts of the Watts Rising Collaborative, which consists of the Watts Community Leadership Council (WCLC), an advisory body convened by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Ang...
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HACLA Led Initiative Awarded $35 Million State Grant
The Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC) funds development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, and economic benefits in CA’s most disadvantaged communities. Click here to read the press release.
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FSS Program Graduate of the Month: Samantha Myles
Samantha Myles was a single mother receiving public assistance and attending college part-time in 2010 when she received a Section 8 voucher.  In hopes of developing a roadmap for her future, she joined the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program in 2011. After joining the program, Myles set up her goals to complete her Master’s Degree, get a job, get off public assistance, and enroll in the First Time Homebuyer’s Program. “I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore. The FSS Program helped me to work...
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Jordan Downs Redevelopment Phase 1A, Over 230 Individuals Attend Jordan Downs Redevelopment Job Fair
On a picture perfect day in January, the Jordan Downs redevelopment site was bustling with activity.  The rustle of the forklifts and excavators along with the smell of freshly cut construction wood planks is an indicator that the project Phase 1A is well on its way. As part of the historic redevelopment of Jordan Downs, HACLA and its partners have emphasized the importance of local hire. The site averages 80 construction workers a day with skills from various trades such as carpenters, concrete...
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Volunteers Needed for the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
Every January, we embark on a 3-day mission to count our homeless neighbors across Los Angeles.  Register now to be one of the 8,000 volunteers needed to conduct the 2018 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Sign up today to volunteer at https://www.theycountwillyou.org/  #theycountwillyou
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Watts Rising Collaborative Hosts the Cal SGC for a Tour of Watts
The Watts Rising Collaborative submitted the $35 million Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) Program Implementation Grant Application this past December and as part of the application review process, the California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) conducted a site visit to Watts, CA on January 10, 2018. The Interagency Review Panel comprised of representatives from the different agencies in the state such as the SGC, Department of Public Health, Department of Conservation, and the State Trea...
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