Councilman Curren Price Tours Permanent Supportive Housing Development for Homeless Veterans

On Sept. 25, Councilman Curren Price visited RISE Apartments, which will bring 56 units of housing for homeless veterans and other homeless individuals, and is nearing completion.

Located at 4050 S. Figueroa St., within RISE Apartments, each unit will be fully furnished and include a kitchenette with a refrigerator, cook-top and microwave. Amenities for residents include a community room, a residential courtyard, bike storage, covered parking and laundry facilities. In addition to the residential community, there will be 3,400 square feet of community commercial office space.

When completed later this year, RISE Apartments will offer supportive services and case management offices onsite through the SRO Housing Corporation. A total of 42 out of 56 units were reserved specifically for formerly homeless veterans.

RISE is joining dozens of housing projects that will be bringing much-needed relief to working families and help reduce the homeless population in CD 9. More than 2,000​​ units of affordable and permanent supportive housing units have been identified within CD9. This includes nearly ​1,600 ​units currently in the pipeline and scheduled for completion within the next two to three years.

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HAPPENING SEPT. 30: Councilmember Curren Price Offers COVID-19 Testing at District Office

Councilmember Curren Price, in partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, will be hosting a FREE pop-up testing opportunity on Sept. 30 at his District Office located at 4301 S. Central Ave.

During the past 6 months, we have conducted over 100,000 tests in District 9, which resulted in more than 17,000 positive cases. In fact, there were over 6,000 new positive cases in July compared to nearly 3,000 in August. "Although there has been a downward trend as of late, we must continue to get tested to ensure we are reducing the transmission rates so we can win the fight against COVID-19 once and for all," added Councilman Price. 

Please make an appointment ahead of time by calling Alicia Vargas at (213) 400-0552 (English) or Antonia Esparza at (213) 706-1740 (Spanish). For more information on coronavirus testing in Los Angeles, visit https://corona-virus.la/covid-19-testing.

 

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Councilman Curren Price Teams with GUARDaHEART to Bring COVID-19 Antibody Testing to District 9


Councilmember Curren Price is partnering with GUARDaHEART to provide local residents COVID-19 Antibody Testing Oct. 13-15 at his District Office (see flyers below).

The antibody test is a serum blood test that detects the body's immune response to the infection caused by the COVID-19 virus. This opportunity is for asymptomatic (not exhibiting any signs or symptoms of active infection) patients only or patients who suspect they may have come in contact with the virus or experienced symptoms weeks or months ago but were never tested. A positive antibody result means you have developed an immune response to COVID-19 and suggests an individual has established a level of immunity.

Please schedule an appointment by clicking here or visit www.guardaheart.org. Individuals without access to the Internet or who need assistance in Spanish can call (866) 299-8998, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., to make an appointment. For more information on the upcoming event, see the flyers below or contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Food Giveaway for Local Neighbors Scheduled for Oct. 3

Councilmember Curren Price is collaborating with the Los Angeles Football Club, Mount Moriah Baptist Church and several other partners for a drive-thru food giveaway to help local families cope during the coronavirus pandemic. The event for District 9 neighbors will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9-11 a.m. at Mount Moriah Baptist Church (4269 S. Figueroa St.)

For more information on the latest CD 9 food giveaway, see the flyers here or contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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CD 9 Senior Appreciation Luncheon: The COVID-19 Edition

Councilmember Curren Price will host during the week of Nov. 9, the 20th Annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon treating local neighbors to a free meal and care package which they can enjoy from the comfort of home.

Each year Councilman Price organizes a senior luncheon for more than 1,000 neighbors at the Los Angeles Convention Center filled with tasty food, dancing and live entertainment. To ensure the local senior community remains safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Councilmember Price decided to take this beloved community event on the road in 2020 and have thousands of meals with treats delivered safely. 

Older adults who live in District 9 and are 65 years and older can call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651 to participate in this celebration. Please see the flyer below and reserve your spot before Oct. 21. 

“The Senior community is the glue that holds us all together because they are the eyes, ears and soul of our neighborhoods,” added Councilmember Price. “Our older adults are integral to moving South LA forward, and together we can and will enrich the quality of life for generations to come.”

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Councilman Curren Price Visits The Nest on Florence Construction Site

On Sept. 19, Councilman Curren Price joined President/CEO Charlene Dimas-Peinado of Wellnest for a sneak peak of The Nest on Florence, a new 50-unit housing development for young men and women and their families who are at-risk for homelessness or have become homeless, as well as experiencing a mental health issue. 

Construction of the five-story permanent supportive housing complex, which will include 34 studios and 16 one-bedrooms, a recreation area, community room, laundry facilities, and other amenities, is currently underway thanks to $12 million from Measure HHH and Measure H tax dollars. 

The most recent homelessness count reports there are more than 400 homeless youth in CD 9, which includes Transitional Age Youth (young adults between the ages of 18 and 24), unaccompanied minors and children in young families.

“These are vulnerable people who are at a crossroads where support and understanding could make a huge difference in the direction their lives will go, and they are the types of young adults and families that The Nest on Florence is dedicated to serve,” said Councilmember Price. “At The Nest, these young men and women will find refuge, an array of supportive services and opportunities that can lead to newfound independence, stability and a more promising future.”

When complete, The Nest will offer a variety of wrap-around services onsite such as mental health, education and job training, addiction and recovery services, legal issues and more. 

The Nest on Florence, located at 410 E. Florence Ave., is expected to open its doors within the next 18 months joining dozens of housing projects that will be bringing much-needed relief to working families and help reduce the homeless population in CD 9. More than 2,000 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing units have been identified within CD9. This includes nearly 1,600 units currently in the pipeline and scheduled for completion within the next two to three years.

 

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Meeting the Need of Our CD 9 Neighbors

On Sept. 18, the Office of Councilman Curren Price, in partnership with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development and Worldwide Produce, were able to answer the need of the neighbors in the distribution of hundreds of FREE produce boxes at the VCN YouthSource Center (1006 E. 28th St.) in District 9.  

If you are a local family in need of resources, contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Councilman Curren Price Provides Updates on Efforts to House Hundreds of Homeless People Living Near the Freeway

During a status conference on Sept. 17, Councilmember Curren Price updated U.S. District Judge David Carter on his plans to provide shelter for an estimated 482 people living within 500 feet of the freeway in District 9. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other risk factors such as exposure to carcinogens, lead and being hit by cars, Judge Carter ordered last May that the City of LA must relocate 6,000 homeless individuals living near freeways by June 2021. 

Specific to District 9, Councilmember Price has developed a strategy that is expected to provide 750 beds for individuals experiencing homeless currently living along the 110 freeway from Manchester to the I-10 by the summer of 2021.

Below are a few highlights shared this week:

  • A project along 68th Street and Avalon Boulevard, spearheaded by Volunteers of America, St. John’s Well Child & Family Center and with support from the City, is opening its first phase of 100 beds with a clinic onsite very soon. Additional phases will include another 250 plus beds, laundry facilities, as well as storage space and safe parking.
  • A second “A Bridge Home” site, which will house 15 families, will also open next month in October and will include comprehensive cleanup services for the neighborhood.
  • Earlier this week, HOPICS (Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System) launched its “Street to Home” pilot rapid re-housing project in CD 9 and was successfully able to house the first 13 people. Councilman Price’s Office will continue to work with the service provider to ensure they remain on track to house 60 individuals by the end of October. “Street to Home” aims to move entire homeless encampments into apartment units provided the residents agree to the housing opportunity.
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Staying Active While Remaining at Home

The Department of Recreation and Parks are bringing the parks to LA residents through RecConnectLA where you can stay active, connected and maintain healthy lives with virtual workouts while we are all Safer at Home! 

On Sept. 16, during an early morning workout session, Councilmember Curren Price joined the RecConnect team at South Park in District 9 to kick off a 10-episode fitness series that will be featured on LA Cityview Channel 35

Livestream classes are FREE and available via Zoom, as well as on-demand videos from fitness to wellness, enrichment and entertainment for the kids, including virtual visits to museums and the LA Zoo.

Registration is required. For a list of online videos, resources and more information click here

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Shining a Light on CD 9’s Clean and Green Ambassadors

On Sept. 13, in a display of community, local District 9 neighbors joined forces to organize a clean-up to benefit their Trinity and 22nd streets neighborhood.

Special thank you to: Nicolas Gomez, Neftali Chavez, Luz Maria Castellanos and Lucelva Zarate for leading the change across South Los Angeles by helping to improve the quality of life for CD 9 residents. Their willingness to personally remove litter and trash from streets and sidewalks, and efforts to get neighbors to properly dispose of large bulky items, makes this dream team District 9 Clean & Green Ambassadors.

With more people staying home, the accumulation of unwanted items can begin to pile up but the City of Los Angeles has a resource available to everyone to use to help maintain a clean and safe environment for our families. Remember, keeping South LA clean is everybody’s responsibility. Download the MyLA311 app or dial 3-1-1 to report bulky-item pick up, illegal dumping and access other City services for FREE. Click here for more information.

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