Hundreds Attend Affordable Housing Workshop in CD 9

Close to 200 people attended the first affordable housing workshop in Los Angeles hosted in Council District 9 and led by Councilman Curren Price.

The information session at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School on Nov.26 was presented in partnership with Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) and Hollywood Community Housing Corporation (HCHC).

Members of the community learned where to access affordable housing in the City, and how to fill out an affordable housing application in preparation of future developments in the pipeline.

“I hope the event served as a first step into getting many of our local families into housing,” Price said. “I have made it my personal mission to incorporate all housing typologies, including workforce and market-rate housing, into my overall strategy to help all local families living in my District.”

Please see below for housing projects coming to Council District 9. 

 

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Councilman Price Continues Turkey Giveaway Tradition

Heading into Thanksgiving, Councilman Curren Price led efforts to distribute more than 1,300 turkeys to families, churches, schools and community groups in District 9.

The Office of Councilman Price partnered with about 40 local nonprofits to identify families in need. Gift cards and vouchers were also provided to help families prepare a Thanksgiving meal.

"It has been my honor to support thousands of community members through the years as part of my Office's annual turkey giveaway," Price said. "We want to make sure our friends and neighbors, who might be struggling financially, are able to enjoy a warm and hearty Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones."

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Thank Your for Your Service, Mickiela!

In commemoration of Veteran's Day, the City Council honored 15 brave and selfless warriors during a special presentation this week. Each Councilmember selected an honoree living in his or her District to thank them for their service and commitment. 

Councilman Curren Price shined a bright light on Mickiela Montoya, a District 9 veteran whom you might have read about in the book "The Lonely Soldier." She was also featured on CNN, ABC World News Tonight and The Oprah Winfrey Show, among other outlets. 

Mickiela served in the California Army National Guard and Army Reserves for eight years, including a deployment to Iraq for one year as a military police officer. After returning to the United States, she dedicated herself to raising public awareness on the lack of services available to help female veterans. Today, this extraordinary Council District 9 resident works for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and is carrying out her life's mission.

Thank you Mickiela for your love for country, democracy and humankind.

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Play in the Snow and Other Surprises at Vermont Square Winter Wonderland

Attention CD 9 residents: Have you been naughty or nice? The FREE Winter Wonderland at Vermont Square Park is weeks away but we want families to save the date for this very special community event.

The annual celebration, organized by the Office of Councilman Curren Price, gets underway Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m. at 1248 W. 47th St., Los Angeles 90037. Join Team Price for a celebration that will feature snow slides, entertainment, music, raffles, and an arts & crafts children’s area. PLUS, the first 500 people will get free food.

What: Vermont Square Winter Wonderland 

When: Thursday, Nov. 29 from 4-8 p.m.

Where: Vermont Square Park, 1248 W. 47th St., Los Angeles 90037

More information: Councilman Price Constituent Service Center at (323) 846-2651

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Learn How to Grow Your Winter Vegetables at the South LA Wetlands Gardening Workshop

Mark your calendars for the fifth in a series of FREE Home Composting & Gardening Workshops at the South LA Wetlands. During the Saturday, Nov.10 session, families will gain tips on water conservation and the ins and outs of growing winter vegetables. But don't be too late as the first 30 people per household will walk away with their very own rain barrel! Attendees will also have the chance to take home a variety of winter vegetable plants.

Remember, the series of smart gardening workshops vary and take place every second Saturday of the month. Please see accompanying flyer for details on upcoming sessions. For more info, call (800) 773-2489 or visit www.lacitysan.org/compostworkshops

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Important Update on Paul Williams Apartments

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Affordable Housing 101: Understanding the Basics

In an effort to help the South LA community understand the ins and outs of affordable housing, Councilman Curren Price will host on Monday, Nov. 26 an information session at Dr. Maya Angelou Community High School.

Those in attendance will learn how to access affordable housing in the City, as well as the criteria individuals and families must meet to qualify. PLEASE NOTE: This presentation will focus only on educating Angelenos on how they can search and apply for affordable housing in the City.

Please RSVP for this event with Edgar Morales via email at ed.morales@lacity.org or by calling (213) 473-7009. The public is encouraged to send questions over in advance.

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Dia de los Muertos Festival in South LA Attracts Hundreds

This year's Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival in the NEW 9th brought hundreds of people together for an evening of community, celebration and culture.

The event, held Oct. 26 in South Park, featured live entertainment, altars, vendors, carnival + lotería card games, Pan de muerto, face painting, contests and other family friendly activities. 

Relive the highlights from 2018 by viewing our Dia de los Muertos album on Flickr here. Up next — our Winter Wonderland presentations. You won’t want to miss it. 

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Play Lotería and Eat Pan de Muerto at the 2018 South LA Día de Los Muertos Festival

Click on the photo below to check out our promo video for this event, which was made possible by our friends at L.A. CityView 35. 

Who wants pan de muerto? Those attending the 5th Annual South LA Día de Los Muertos Festival Friday at South Park will have the chance to play lotería and win some Mexican bread of the dead!

We'll also be giving away trees, CD 9 bags and other goodies. PLUS, the first 300 people will get hot dogs, mixed fruits, chips and a beverage.   

The FREE Day of Dead Celebration also features live musical performances by Cumbia and Cha-cha-cha sensation, Sonora Santanera La Nueva Sangre; from Chiapas, Mexico, Mariachi Trio Palenque de Aurelio Reyes; and JukeBox playing Rock en Español, Flashbacks and Norteñas. 

For more information on this CD 9 event, which includes an arts & crafts children's area and altars by the community, call my District Office at (323) 846-2651.  

See you then. 

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CARECEN Honors Councilman Price for Commitment to Immigrants Rights and Justice

Before a crowd of hundreds of people, the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) honored Councilman Curren Price as a champion for immigrant families during the organization’s 35th Annual Awards Dinner on Oct. 11.

Councilman Price was the recipient of this year’s “Champion for Change” award.

“We may be afflicted in every way, pressed in the political battle of our time, under siege by those peddling hate from DC to LA, but we will not despair,” Councilman Price said during his acceptance speech. “Inaction is acceptance. Inaction is complicity. Inaction is inhumane”

Councilman Price partnered with CARECEN from 2017-2018 to provide FREE legal service and filing fee assistance to individuals and families living in CD 9. The program helped nearly 600 South LA neighbors with their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and citizenship applications. 

If you have immigration related questions, contact CARECEN at (213) 385-7800.

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