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“Every community in Los Angeles will have access to quality jobs, affordable housing and great green spaces for their families to thrive.” – Isela Gracian, President, East LA Community Corporation
Standing among the colorful shadows of Mariachi Plaza Station, East LA Community Corporation President Isela Gracian dreams of a brighter future. To make that dream come true, she’s joined forces with the Alliance for Community Transit LA (ACT-LA), a collaborative of 24 organizations dedicated to making sure all of L.A.’s residents have access to affordable housing, employment and public transit and have a voice in the policies that affect their lives.
Currently, the cost of housing and transportation accounts for more than half of Angelenos’ incomes, pricing out many low-income workers and lengthening commutes – which in turn worsens our already poor air quality. California Community Foundation’s Smart Growth Initiative seeks to connect jobs, housing and transit to create a more sustainable future for Los Angeles County and improve the quality of life for all residents. This year, we granted more than $1.3 million to help organizations like LA THRIVES, Little Tokyo Service Center and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy guide development and ensure investments in transit benefit all of our communities.
ACT-LA’s collaborative approach helps preserve low-income housing, improve local environmental conditions and shape development policies countywide. “When people come together, they feel their power,” says Isela. “They unlock their collective voice in order to make Los Angeles a place where everybody can thrive.”
2014-2015 VISION: Join with organizations and community members to guide public investment in transit-oriented development and create and preserve affordable housing and employment opportunities near transit. Awarded 5 grants totaling $1.37 million.