Smiles, Ice Cream and Backpacks at Pueblo del Rio Public Housing Event

More than 150 students and their families attended a special backpack giveaway on Sept. 12 at Pueblo del Rio public housing development where they received supplies and other essentials. 

The event for back-to-school had the participation of Councilmember Curren Price and partners, including Soledad Enrichment Action (SEA)Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), Volunteers of AmericaThe Los Angeles Police Department Community Safety Partnership (CSP), and the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Volunteers handed out dental and school supplies, ice cream and other resources to area children. 

If you live in District 9 and are in need of resources, please call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. 

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Sidewalk Repair Brings Relief to District 9 Neighbor

Council District 9 is committed to fixing damaged sidewalks and local neighbor Manuel Aldana is now reaping the benefits of a recent sidewalk repair near his home on San Pedro and 28th Streets. If you are interested in having your sidewalk analyzed for repairs, please contact Councilman Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. For more information on Safe Sidewalks LA, you can also visit https://safesidewalks.lacity.org or call 3-1-1.

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Increasing the Supply of Affordable Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing in CD 9

To combat the housing affordability crisis in his District, Councilmember Curren Price continues to expand the production of Affordable Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) with more than 2,000 units identified to support working families and reduce the homeless population in CD 9.

Currently, there are 713 units of affordable housing and another 813 units dedicated to housing homeless individuals with wrap-around supportive services coming down the construction pipeline and expected to be completed by 2023.

“We are facing a housing crisis like never seen before in the history of Los Angeles,” added Councilmember Price. “I am committed to ensuring that all of my constituents have a safe place to call home. Already, CD 9 is among one of the districts with the highest stock of affordable housing in the City.”

To learn more about how District 9 is addressing one of the most significant humanitarian crises of our time, which includes the development of temporary and permanent housing, click on the image below to watch our Homeless Housing Solutions in CD 9 video. 

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Councilman Curren Price Convenes Advisory Committee to Tackle Homelessness Crisis

During a virtual meeting on Sept. 9, Councilmember Curren Price engaged with members of his Homelessness Advisory Committee and shared updates on the number one issue affecting District 9. 

The goal of the online event was to present the current efforts being done within CD 9 to bring relief to the crisis, as well as gain insights and suggestions from individuals who have their boots on the ground. Councilman Price informed members of the advisory board that there are more 2,000​ ​units of Affordable and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) units that have been identified within the Ninth District. This includes more than ​1,500 ​units currently in the pipeline and scheduled for completion within the next two to three years.

The Wednesday evening meeting included a special presentation by Toni White, Outreach Coordinator for Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS), who provided the group with specific solutions to help get people off of the streets, as well as sharing programming that has been able to cut through the red tape to allow for individuals to be put on the fast-track to housing.

“Linking this group of dynamic individuals together will not only strengthen our strategy to combat the homeless crisis, but it allows us to gain insights that may have otherwise not been on our radar,” added Councilman Price. “ We have to be creative and we must consider every option on the table to provide resources and help for people suffering from the condition of homelessness.” 

 


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Vote By Mail Drop Boxes in District 9 for November General Election

To ensure registered voters in Los Angeles County have a safe and convenient option to cast their ballot in the Presidential General Election, StreetsLA is installing Vote by Mail Drop Boxes outside City public libraries and recreation facilities, including several in District 9.  

Installations are expected to be completed by Sept. 20, in advance of the release of mail-in ballots. Library locations in District 9 include:

Ascot Branch Library

 

120 W. Florence Ave.

Los Angeles 90003

Junipero Serra Branch Library

 

4607 S. Main St.

Los Angeles 90037

Vermont Square Branch Library 

 

1201 W. 48th St.

Los Angeles 90037

Vernon - Leon H. Washington Jr. Memorial Branch Library

 

4504 S. Central Ave.

Los Angeles 90011

Additional drop boxes are expected to be installed at the following Recreation and Parks facilities in CD 9: Expo Center (next to Ahmanson Senior Center) and Ross Snyder Recreation Center.

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Deserving CD 9 Students Surprised with New Laptops

In a time of so much uncertainty, many students are having to seek out unconventional ways to  maintain their school work without the luxury of having the necessary tools. During a caravan on Aug. 3, Councilmember Curren Price joined Community Build, Inc. and the owners of People’s Republic of South Central, Craig Bowers and business partner Samuel Chawinga, to present five lucky students in District 9 with a huge surprise to help support them on their educational journeys, brand new Chromebooks. 

The group of students, selected by the nonprofit Community Build, have been through struggles no child should have to endure. The loss of both parents, one to COVID-19, having to do homework on a cell phone, having to share one device among six siblings, or trying to hone their craft in design. 

“With the shortage of laptops in the school system, it is the community at-large that has the power to immediately effect change not only in the way these students are able to do their school work but also has the power to connect the entire family,” said Councilman Price. “The landscape of their educational journeys has changed so much, but I am confident that they will now be on track to achieving their goals for their futures.” 

With a gracious donation of brand new laptops by the owners of People’s Republic of South Central, they wanted to find the best way to give  back to the community.

South Central is the heartbeat of Los Angeles, the community is filled with multi-generational households and front line workers; this is an idea of celebrating the hard work, values and work ethics of the people that live here,” added Bowers. “With LA bearing the brunt caused by COVID-19, we could not think of a better way to help during this time of need.”

Local families in need of resources, can call Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. 

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CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund Success Story!

As COVID 19 continues to affect almost every aspect of day-to-day life, small businesses have also had to quickly adapt. With help from the CD9 Small Business Relief Fund, 27th Street Bakery Shop was able to get assistance of more than $23,000 to help the business maintain their doors open and help secure equipment that would more effectively package their pies.  

The 64-year-old bakery is one of dozens of local businesses that were able to get help from the CD 9 Small Business Relief Fund. For more information, click here

This program is open to essential businesses located in Council District 9. To be eligible, businesses must be currently open and operating or will be able to open upon receipt of the loan.

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District 9 Students Receive Backpacks Just in Time for Back-to-School

On Aug. 2, Councilmember Curren Price and Northgate Gonzalez Markets joined together to provide 100 kids from South Park Elementary School with new backpacks filled with school supplies. This simple gesture brought bright smiles to the children's faces giving them one less thing to worry about during the most challenging beginnings to a new school year. 

“We have seen the heartbreaking images of the very real disparities that our families are suffering through during the pandemic, from the lack of childcare, going without food and the digital divide; children and families are having to take drastic measures to support their education and we as a community must show up for them,” added Councilmember Price.

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Sidewalk Repair Celebrated By Longtime CD 9 Resident

Long-time resident of South LA Antonio Cervantes has lived in the neighborhood since 1970. He has seen significant changes throughout the years and was most recently moved to share his appreciation for a sidewalk repair that occurred on his block. 

According to Mr. Cervantes, the sidewalk repair means a safe place for him and other elderly people to walk on, without worrying about a fall and injury. To him, this renewed sidewalk means that he doesn't need to go onto the street to avoid a lifted or cracked sidewalk. 

If you are interested in having your sidewalk analyzed for repairs, please contact Councilman Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Round Four Application Period for LA COVID-19 Relief Grants Runs from Aug. 31-Sept. 4

In partnership with the LA Regional COVID-19 Fund, Councilman Curren Price has secured $1 million in grants to assist micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofits operating in District 9 affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The fourth round of grant applications will be open from Monday, Aug. 31 through Friday, Sept. 4.

The LA Regional COVID-19 Recovery Fund is open to micro-entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profits located in Los Angeles County.  The LA Regional COVID Fund is composed of three parts including grants, loans and technical assistance. Grant opportunities of $5,000 are available to micro-entrepreneurs and $15,000 for small businesses and nonprofits. 

For the remaining schedule, eligibility information or to apply, please visit https://www.lacovidfund.org/. Applications are available in 15 languages. For more information, call (833) 238-4450. Refer to the flyers here for additional details. 

 

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