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HACLA Joins Councilmember Joe Buscaino on a Tour of Jordan Downs Phase 1A Redevelopment
On April 6, 2018, HACLA was joined by Councilmember Joe Buscaino and Van Scott from Bridge Housing on a tour of phase 1A of the redevelopment of Jordan Downs in Watts. When the redevelopment is complete, the number of units will double from 700 to 1400 creating more affordable housing in Los Angeles with zero displacements along with a new 115,000 square foot retail center. An important component and source of pride in this transformative project is the hiring of community residents who are no...
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Family Self Sufficiency Program: Meet Lowell Jones

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Family Self Sufficiency Program: Meet Lowell Jones
Born in Chicago, Lowell Jones spent the first six years of his life bouncing between foster homes and boy’s schools.  During his childhood and most of his young adult life, Lowell went through numerous challenging experiences including drug addiction, depression, prison term, and a tragic loss of his brother who was fatally shot and died in his arms. Lowell joined the military service at seventeen. At that time, he was also married and had his first and only child. Upon release from his servic...
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Meet Guadalupe Felix: Youth of the Quarter

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Meet Guadalupe Felix: Youth of the Quarter
Guadalupe Felix is a Junior at Gonzalo Mendez High School in Boyle Heights. She has lived at the Estrada Courts public housing community in Boyle Heights for the past nine years. We are highlighting her as the youth of the quarter. Lupe’s passion for writing and her desire to use her talents to be the voice of her community is deserving of praise.  “Growing up in a low income community has played a big role in my activism … I sought a way to voice my community's concerns and accomplishments ...
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HACLA Awarded $1.3M Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Action Grant
LOS ANGELES – The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) today announced it has received a Choice Neighborhoods Planning and Action Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The $1.3M grant will support the development of a neighborhood transformation plan for Rancho San Pedro and Rancho San Pedro Extension in the Barton Hill-Downtown San Pedro neighborhood.   “This planning grant will give us an opportunity to work with San Pedro residents and stak...
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Imperial Courts Youth Writes History

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Imperial Courts Youth Writes History
Imperial Courts made history by inaugurating its first student authors at a book signing event held at Cal State University, Dominguez Hills on Thursday, February 22, 2018. Six Imperial Courts’ youth residents (Marveon Mabon, Te’yanah Owens, Ariana Alvarez, Mitchell Friend, Brenijia Barnes and Samone Edwards) came together with the Publishing Hope & Branding A+ Behavior (PHABB 5) Program to publish Imperial Courts’ first student author book, Imperial Guards. The book consists of six shor...
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WorkForce Development Unit Provides a Path to Employment
Laura Rodriguez understands the struggles of living on a fixed income and trying to make it month by month. She lived at the Nickerson Gardens public housing development from 1985 to 1991.  Laura is one of three case managers with the Housing Authority’s Workforce Development Unit. She’s been helping clients for 28 years. “Helping people who didn’t think they can earn money build a path toward a career is what I enjoy the most,” said Rodriguez. For nearly three decades HACLA has operated ...
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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

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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

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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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  • HACLA Receives Nation’s Largest Jobs Plus Initiative Grant from HUD
    LOS ANGELES – The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) was awarded a $3.7 Million Jobs Plus Initiative (JPI) grant by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The a...
  • HACLA Hosts State of the Agency Meeting
    The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles hosted an all staff State of the Agency Meeting at The Fields LA in Exposition Park. Over 630 HACLA employees attended the meeting including staf...
  • HACLA Celebrates Career Expansion Graduation
    The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA)’s Watts/Los Angeles WorkSource Center hosted the graduation for the first class of 16 Los Angeles Reconnections Career Academy (LARCA) 2.0 and...
  • Section 3 Resident Story: Meet Miriam
    Miriam Prince is a resident of the Nickerson Gardens public housing community where she lives with her five children, ages 1‐13. As a Security Officer for HACLA’s contractor Cypress Security Inc., M...