City Program Brings Financial Relief to Renters

The City of LA has established a temporary Emergency Renters Relief Program to help individuals facing rent increases in response to a new state law that prohibits rent gouging but doesn't go into effect until January. 

The citywide program, which provides rent subsidies, will be in effect from now until December 31, 2019. In order to be eligible, individuals must reside in a rental property in Los Angeles, the rental unit must be built prior to January 1, 2005 and the household income needs to be below 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI).

To schedule an in-person appointment in District 9, contact All Peoples Community Center at (213) 747-6357. You may also contact HCIDLA’s hotline at (866) 557-RENT (7368) or the Housing Rights Center (HRC) at (800) 477-5977. More details below. 

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Councilman Curren Price Kicks Off “Don’t Trash CD 9” High School Challenge

As part of continuous efforts to clean up South Los Angeles, Councilman Curren Price launched on Oct. 28 “Don’t Trash CD 9” - a local challenge targeting high school students for a chance to win $5,000. The competition pits 12 area schools against one another to see which students report the most illegal dumping, bulky-item pickup, and graffiti removal requests using the MyLA311 mobile phone app from Oct. 28-Dec. 9.

The Monday celebration, which featured a marching band, cheerleaders and a JROTC, kicked off a series of monthly contests between high schools across South LA. The school that records the most number of MyLA311 service requests will be the winner of the month. A winner will be announced every month for the remainder of the current school year through May 2020. Throughout the duration of the program, Councilman Price is expected to award about $30,000 to participating schools.

“One in three residents living in my District are under 18 years of age,” Councilman Price said. “I hope this friendly competition serves as a reminder that our youth are the future of South LA, and they have an enormous responsibility to their community.

“Whether they’re tackling climate change or fighting for gun control, time and time again, we have seen the power of our young people in action. What this contest aims to do is encourage them to be more environmentally conscious and spark a districtwide movement.”

The participating schools include: Dymally High School, John C. Fremont High School, Santee Education Complex, Orthopaedic Hospital Medical Magnet High School, Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School, Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School, Wallis Annenberg High School, Alliance Patti And Peter Neuwirth Leadership Academy, Manual Arts High School, and Augustus F. Hawkins High School.

Councilman Price says he thinks the award will serve as an incentive, mobilizing tech-savvy youth to do their part to clean up the areas around their schools, parks and neighborhoods.

“Using the MyLA311 mobile application is the quickest way to notify City departments of work needed to keep LA’s streets, sidewalks, and public areas clean and safe,” said Donna Arrechea, 311 Director. “Today more than 30,000 requests are submitted via the app every month. It's a way for Angelenos to take action and it helps City government become aware of problems so we can do our part.”

The high school competition is part of Councilman Price’s comprehensive and multifaceted “Clean & Green” initiative to promote cleanliness and improve livability for residents in District 9. Keep streets clean by utilizing the FREE MyLA311 mobile app, dialing 3-1-1 or via email at 311@lacity.org. More info at myla311.lacity.org

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Showering the Community with CARE

On Oct. 23, the cleaning and rapid engagement (CARE) hygiene trailer made a stop in South LA giving homeless Angelenos an opportunity to use the facilities. The pilot program is expected to roll out throughout the City by February 2020, including one hygiene trailer dedicated solely to The NEW 9th. 

"The simple act of taking a shower is something many of us take for granted yet not everyone has the luxury to do so," said Councilman Curren Price, who is advocating for more homelessness resources in his District. "We anticipate that the addition of these trailers throughout the City will make a positive impact on each person that gets to use them."

The trailer is equipped with three restrooms and showers, one of which is wheelchair accessible. Individuals who use the facility receive a hygiene kit, which includes soap, a tooth brush, tooth paste and a razor.

The service is currently being managed by the outreach group Urban Alchemy who conduct short interviews prior to allowing participation. During the interview process, their number one priority is assessing the needs of the person. Since the inception of the program in September, they have been able to connect individuals with a chance to take a shower while helping to restore confidence and dignity.

The facility was received well by the community with many individuals leaving feeling rejuvenated. One of the participants came out singing after his shower, while another person expressed gratitude for simply being able to shave.

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Statement from Councilman Curren Price on Temporary "No-Fault" Eviction Ordinance

Councilmember, Ninth District 

 

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Oct. 22 to enact an emergency ordinance that would prohibit “no-fault” evictions citywide before Assembly Bill 1482 takes effect in January.  

The local ban, which is expected to go into effect on Oct. 23, is in response to a surge in eviction notices and tenants’ complaints due to landlords gouging rent in anticipation of the new State law. AB 1482 restricts raising rents by more than 5 percent plus inflation, and requires landlords to demonstrate just cause before evicting tenants, but not prior to Jan. 1.

Councilman Curren Price co-authored the motion calling for tenant protections. Following an outcry from city leaders and renters, the City Attorney’s Office transmitted the ordinance in less than a week.In addition, Councilman Price supports providing emergency rental assistance and is looking into a homelessness prevention program.

 Councilmember Price issued the following statement after the unanimous vote:

 “We are living in turbulent times where it has become increasingly challenging for Angelenos to keep a roof over their heads. People at the mercy of some unscrupulous landlords who have been taking advantage of their desperate situations. Stories are flooding in of individuals having to resort to living in substandard conditions. Residents who are one step away from homelessness. Today’s action prevents further hemorrhaging of our current housing crisis by giving the power back to the people of the City of Los Angeles.”

 

 

 
 
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Three New Permanent Supportive Housing Projects Coming to the NEW 9th!

 

Three new projects providing Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) to homeless in the Ninth District were approved on Oct. 15 by the Los Angeles City Council. This was part of the latest round of Prop. HHH funding awarded, bringing the total of PSH units authorized in the 9th District to 712.

The newly approved projects are: Hope on Broadway (48 PSH units); 4507 Main St. (33 PSH units plus an additional 30 affordable housing units); and Central Apartments (56 PSH units).

"I am so proud of the progress we have been making to bring forth an unprecedented number of permanent supportive housing units for our most vulnerable. The hard work continues to pay off, and we will continue to lead by example in our efforts," said Councilman Curren Price.

Pictured above is a rendering of Hope on Broadway.

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Fair Work Week Legislation Continues to Advance

A proposed Fair Work Week policy [Council File 19-0229], championed by Councilman Curren Price, took another step forward this week and a draft of the ordinance is expected by November.

On Oct. 15, the City’s Economic Development Committee, which Councilmember Price chairs, approved a report of the implementation recommendations for a Los Angeles Fair Work Week law.

Under the new ordinance, employers would have to provide retail employees in this City two weeks' notice of their work schedules and predictability in pay. The law would require flexible schedules, protections against retaliation for declining additional hours not communicated in the schedules in advance, and the right to rest between shifts of 10 hours, among other regulations. 

Councilman Price said he anticipates a final vote in Council by the end of this year. The policy is expected to be in place by the beginning of 2020, with a six month education period for retail employers before enforcement begins.

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LA City Council Moves Forward with Moratorium on “No-Fault” Evictions Before AB 1482 Takes Effect in January

On Oct. 15, the City Council took swift and bold action to come to the aid of thousands of tenants facing massive rent increases by approving a motion co-introduced by Councilmembers Curren Price and Mitch O’Farrell to ban “no-fault” evictions.

Gov. Gavin Newson earlier this month signed the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (Assembly Bill 1482), which prohibits rent gouging and arbitrary evictions. The new law offers much-needed rental protections to millions of Californians but not until Jan. 1, 2020. Most recently, there has been a surge in calls and inquiries to the City from community advocates and tenants reporting sudden eviction notices.

“We have heard horrific stories of landlords taking unconscionable measures to fight against AB 1482 in the worst way possible: by trying to evict tenants who did nothing wrong,” said Councilmember Price. “This is an issue that heavily impacts my District. Currently, my Office is working with dozens of individuals on the verge of losing their homes after their rent hiked more than 150 percent within the last year alone.

This includes: a senior citizen on Section 8, a City of LA employee and her family, and a grandmother living with her granddaughter and great granddaughter who is exhausting her life savings just to cover the rent spikes.”

Councilmembers Price and O'Farrell introduced the motion Friday, Oct.11, and it was unanimously approved by the City Council Oct. 15. The City Attorney is expected to transmit an ordinance for final approval within the next week—helping to protect renters facing sudden eviction notices until the new State protections are in full effect.

 

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Hope Coming Soon to Hope Street

With construction just underway on the first Bridge Home site in CD 9, it will soon be home to 100 of the most vulnerable people in our South LA community.

“A Bridge Home” provides emergency temporary housing facilities to serve the homeless population that are within a 1.5 mile radius of the site. In addition, Los Angeles Sanitation & Environment will devote extra resources to maintain cleaner streets in the area.

The facility will have a dedicated team offering wrap-around services including medical care, job training, housing placement, public benefit access, along with mental health and addiction support. The provider team on-site will consist of a nurse, a mental healthcare worker, social worker, and 24-hour security guard on site.

With a warm bed, three meals a day, storage for personal belongings, a pet kennel, clean restrooms and high cubicle wall for privacy, this marks the beginning of a new journey for our unsheltered neighbors.

The Office of Councilmember Curren Price is eager to bring hope to Hope Street with this facility, slated for completion by early February 2020.

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Honoring South Los Angeles Change Makers

On Oct. 06, the Office of Councilmember Curren Price celebrated the 12th Annual Tribute to SHeroes luncheon, where 15 outstanding women were recognized for being the change makers in the South LA community.

This year’s recipients embody conviction, intelligence, grace, resilience and sacrifice. According to Councilman Curren Price, "It is my honor to shine light on the unsung heroes who continue to fight the good fight for the sake of their neighbors."

To view the photos from the event, follow the link: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmHz8ZKT

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CARE Team Comes to CD 9

 

On Oct. 1, as part of the continuous efforts by Councilmember Curren Price to help homeless neighbors and clean the streets, CARE teams were launched throughout the City of Los Angeles with two designated teams devoted to the District five days a week!

The teams are comprised of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) outreach workers and LA Sanitation workers. Their mission is to clean the areas surrounding encampments and offer social services to the homeless people in the area. 

The CARE Plus team is dedicated solely to the Flower/Grand Corridor and an additional CARE team will be serving the rest of the 9th District. 

CARE, which stands for Cleaning and Rapid Engagement, is approaching the homeless crisis with compassion, purpose with the focus of improving the quality of life for CD9 residents.  

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