In an effort to make neighborhoods safer, Councilmember Curren Price welcomed 10 specifically trained LAPD officers on April 15 who will be working with local residents to reduce violent crime in the South Park area. The new Community Safety Partnership (CSP) program aims to build trust between residents and law enforcement by developing sports, recreational and other community programming.
“My Office constantly hears that South Park continues to be unsafe and dangerous,” said Councilmember Price. “With the help of this community-driven program, we will transform South Park into a safe haven that will allow our families to build memories; our children to run freely; and the community to gather during the day and night.”
One of the main facets of the program is incorporating FREE community and youth programs, which are expected to begin as early as the fall. Some of the programs that have been implemented as a result of other CSPs are: youth football, Girl and Boy Scouts troops, employment training, medical services and educational programs, to name a few.
The community-based policing program includes a substation at South Park, which will be overseen by Sgt. Ronald Kingi.
“My passion is to truly help this community thrive because I don’t believe in the saying, ‘Well, this is just the way things are,’” Sgt. Kingi said. “My family is from this neighborhood, and I was brought up in a similar community so I understand and share those same frustrations. I am committed to meet the community where they are, build long term positive relationships and work together in expecting more out of life for a better future.”
The CSP program originated in 2011 at public housing communities to help curb violence. The South Park CSP was made possible thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Ballmer Group for the next three years.
“CSP has a proven track record of shifting the dynamics between law enforcement and community residents—resulting in a greater level of trust, and a decrease in crime,” said Nina Revoyr, Executive Director-Los Angeles, Ballmer Group. “At a moment when South LA is experiencing an uptick in violence, it is especially important that the community and LAPD work together.”
Councilman Curren Price said he is committed to identifying and securing funding sources for subsequent years. All community and youth programs will be FREE to local families.
Relive the excitement from the launch of the South Park CSP program by clicking on the image below.
On April 11, Councilman Curren Price celebrated alongside the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and LA Family Housing (LAFH) the groundbreaking of Residences on Main, a development which will provide 50 units of affordable supportive housing for chronically homeless Transition Age Youth and families experiencing homelessness.
“The Residences on Main demonstrates our collective commitment to help our most vulnerable Angelenos,” Councilman Price said. “It is a symbol of hope, opportunity and new beginnings that will not only provide a roof for formerly homeless young people and families, but it gives them a lifeline and a hand up.”
Centrally located near commercial shops and multiple transit options, Residences on Main is designed to stabilize and integrate families into the surrounding community. Communal areas, including community rooms, a toddler play space, and computer lab, will offer opportunities to connect with neighbors and family members. The design also includes a central courtyard and community garden to provide green space for rest and play.
CRCD will provide on-site case management to promote economic self-sufficiency, among other supportive services. “This development will take what was once a ‘problem property,’ condemned by the City Attorney’s Office, and replace it with an enhancement to the community,” added CRCD President and CEO Mark Wilson.
To date, Councilman Price has authorized the construction of hundreds of permanent supportive housing units such as the Residences on Main in his District because he recognizes the colossal need and great sense of urgency.
ICYMI: LA This Week coverage of the Residences on Main groundbreaking. Please click on the image below.
Over the past year, the CD 9 Mobile Pit Stop has been providing a clean, safe and secure place for our homeless community to use the restroom and wash their hands, helping to prevent the spread of Hepatitis A. As part of continuous efforts to support Los Angeles' most vulnerable population, the program expanded this week with the addition of a second facility in District 9 along Broadway.
"With the growing number of Hepatitis A cases, it is of the utmost importance for the City of Los Angeles and my District to develop immediate solutions to alleviate some of the stresses our homeless Angelenos are facing day in and day out," said Councilman Curren Price.
Since the inception of the 38th Street and Grand Avenue location, there have been an average of 950 visits a month, with this past year resulting in more than 11,000 uses of the facility. With a full time attendant on duty, homeless individuals are able to utilize the toilet, wash their hands and obtain hygiene kits. Each hygiene kit includes a toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant wipes, a bar of soap, a wash cloth, a nail file and feminine hygiene products for the ladies. They are also provided with pet waste disposal bags, small and large trash bags.
For information about other local efforts to help homeless individuals and families, please call Councilman Price's Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651.