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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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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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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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Murder in America: What Makes Cities Safer, Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal highlights HACLA and LAPD’s Community Safety Partnership Program.  Watts and the housing developments have seen a dramatic decrease in crime thanks to an unprecedented level of participation among government agencies, residents and non-profit organizations. See Attachment below to read the full article.
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HACLA and Top Dawg Entertainment Host a 2-Day Holiday Concert and Toy Giveaway at Nickerson Gardens
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) came together for the fourth year to host a 2-day TDE and Friends Holiday Concert and Toy Drive/Giveaway at Nickerson Gardens in Watts, CA. Every year, artists from TDE such as Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiwalker take the stage at the Nickerson Baseball Field to perform their hit songs. This year, Rihanna and E-40 joined the stage as special guests. ...
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HACLA Joins Partners for the Annual Holiday Toy Giveaways
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) hosted its annual Holiday Toy Giveaway for its Public Housing communities. We’d like to thank our partners who came together to spread the holiday cheer to the children and residents across the city. Los Angeles Council Member Gil Cedillo invited musical actress Jacquelin Schofield, who plays the role of Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast Musical,  to William Mead Homes to perform various soundtracks from the musical as part of the to...
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Rasheda McCloud's Path to Financial Stability

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Rasheda McCloud's Path to Financial Stability
Rasheda McCloud was pregnant with her second daughter when she divorced her husband in 2003. McCloud explained that living life as a single mom was not easy and financially difficult. “I thought, ‘How am I going to do this by myself. How will I support my girls?” McCloud’s path seemed uncertain until she received a phone call from the Housing Authority notifying her that she was eligible to receive housing assistance through the Section 8 program. Soon after McCloud joined the Family Self S...
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Grand Opening of Arlington Square

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Grand Opening of Arlington Square
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) joined A Community of Friends (ACOF) on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Arlington Square Apartment. Also in attendance were Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council President Herb Wesson, and Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Mark-Ridkey Thomas among many others. Located on the corner of Venice Blvd and Arlington Ave., the Arlington Square is a newly constructed building consisting of 24 stud...
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Korean American Coalition Helps Families Apply for Section 8 Wait List
The following story was written by Joon Bang, Executive Director of the Korean American Coalition-Los Angeles; Partner of HACLA 7 Days, 328 Applications, 442 Calls
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