LA City Response and Support to Lift Up Impacted Residents and Business Owners of District 9

The collective mission of the City of Los Angeles and our agency partners will continue to work to see the recovery process through to the end. Resiliency does not occur overnight. Rather, it takes coordination efforts such as this operation to ensure tools are available to begin reshaping perspectives and physical landscapes.  Through this shared experience, residents and service providers alike are creating a new normal in the wake of disaster.  One that consists of prepared individuals, families and business owners who communicate effectively with one another and have plans in place to withstand detrimental impacts to their community.

Incident Overview

On June 30 at approximately 7:30 p.m. there was a major explosion in South Los Angeles due to the detonation of illegal fireworks and improvised explosive devices seized by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The final report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) regarding the explosion on 27th Street has been completed, as well as the Los Angeles Police Department's After Action Report and can be viewed here.

Local Assistance Center

In order to support and meet the needs of families affected by this event, Councilman Curren Price’s Office (CD 9) in collaboration with the City of Los Angeles' Emergency Management Department (EMD) , opened a Local Assistance Center (LAC) in the impacted neighborhood from July 4 - 30, 2021. 

The LAC was established as a coordinated effort to ease the burden on impacted families, by eliminating barriers when navigating and accessing supportive resources. This was achieved at the LAC where service providers from the City of Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, non-profit and private sector, formed a one-stop shop to address the community’s immediate and long-term needs. Resources at the LAC included on-site mental health counseling services, the ability to file official claims for property damage, along with other essential services. 

  • Nearly 300: Clients registered at the Local Assistance Center (LAC)

  • Over 30: Agencies present at the LAC to engage and directly serve community members and local residents

  • Over 900: Table touches - individuals visited the informational tables at the LAC 



Sheltering

A coordinated effort between Councilman Curren Price (Council District 9), the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department, the City of Los Angeles Emergency Management Department, the American Red Cross and Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) swiftly worked to activate and operate a local shelter for impacted residents. The shelter was stationed at the Fred Roberts Recreation Center,  and provided cots, blankets, towels, food, and other essential services to those in need. 



Short-Term Housing

Councilman Curren Price (Council District 9), in partnership with the American Red Cross, quickly identified hotel accommodations for local residents, including for those who initially utilized the City’s shelter facility.



Meal Distribution

Meals were provided by Councilman Curren Price (Council District 9) and the American Red Cross throughout the City’s response to this incident, providing three meals-a-day to displaced individuals. Upon the reopening of 27th St. to residents, the City coordinated with external non-profit agencies to ensure continued, and uninterrupted meal distribution services. 



Medical Assessments

Councilman Curren Price (Council District 9) partnered with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center Mobile Clinic, a trusted local community healthcare provider, to assist residents with on-site medical exams, evaluations and medical referrals. 

Special thanks to the Emergency Network Los Angeles and the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) for swiftly coordinating the non-profit sector incident response, and ensuring that all resource gaps were immediately filled. Additional thanks goes out to the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and St. John's Medical Clinic for ensuring mental health and medical assessments have been consistently made available to members of the community. These services are essential to residents’ well-being and the path to recovery. 



Ongoing Community Support and Resources

Filing a Claim

Pursuant to the California Government Code, in most cases a claim must be filed if you are seeking money damages from the City and/or one of its employees. With very limited exceptions, no lawsuit for money damages may be brought against the City or any of its employees unless a written claim has been properly filed with the City.

Cash Assistance

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Curren Price have distributed debit cards directly to families affected by the explosion, intended to provide a stop-gap as more substantial relief is on the way. Funds were provided by the Mayor’s Fund, a non-profit designed to rapidly respond with support to crises and help carry out the Mayor’s vision to improve life for all Angelenos.



Councilman Curren Price Presents the CD 9 $1 Million Emergency Relief Fund

Using funds from Price’s Environmental Equity, Reimagining Public Safety Dollars, the District 9 program has helped with:

  • Home repairs from broken windows to plumbing, exterior paint and other structural repairs 

  • Provide first-class, quality, longer-term housing to the individuals that have been displaced 

  • Financial assistance in the amount of $10,000 for 25 pre-identified severely impacted households

    • Recipients do not have to pay any of this money back and will not impact a family's ability to file a claim or pursue legal action and it is up to their discretion if they would like to accept assistance from the Office of Councilman Price.



Councilmember Curren Price

Councilman Curren Price Seeks Additional $5 Million for 27th Street Blast Victims

  • On Sept. 1, Councilmember Price introduced a motion asking for the development of a comprehensive “Recovery Plan for the 27th Street Neighborhood” (from 24th Street to 30th Street and from Trinity Street to Griffith Avenue).

  • On Sept. 21, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved Councilman Price’s motion, which will create a long-term recovery plan for the 27th Street Neighborhood. The plan will include an additional $5 million to help the area recover from the devastating explosion, including the establishment of a Neighborhood Recovery Center and services such as infrastructure improvements, mental health services, job, and workforce development, access to children’s services, as well as business grants and prioritization for the City’s Guaranteed Basic Income program. The motion  directs numerous City departments to work together to develop a plan and report back on their findings. 

    “Our neighbors face an uphill battle and a tough road ahead for years to come,” said Councilman Curren Price. “Long before this disaster, they faced systemic inequality, structural barriers and racial disparities that have been exacerbated in the wake of this disgraceful LAPD action. We need our own version of a ‘Marshall Plan’ that is going to bring stability to the lives of those affected, revitalize and uplift our neighborhood once and for all.”

  • Download the full motion here

  • Download the "The Curren Price 27th Street Neighborhood Recovery Plan" presentation here



Temporary Housing

Councilman Curren Price’s Office is working directly with  the  Los Angeles Community Investment for Families Department to provide impacted residents with temporary longer-term housing solutions for those that cannot return to their homes due to the incident. The facilities offer such amenities as a kitchen, a washer and dryer in the unit and parking.

Mental Health Support

Mental Health support has been offered to residents at both the Local Assistance Center and the Community Resource Center. Cases have been opened for residents affected by the incident to provide ongoing mental health support with the support of several local partners including: 

  • LA County Department of Mental Health 

  • Kedren Community Health Center

    • (323) 233-0425

  • Wellnest Emotional Health and Wellness 

    • (323) 266-2345

  • West Central Mental Health

    • (323) 298-3680

  • Neighborhood Preparedness with Ready Your LA Neighborhood Program



Community Resource Fair for 27th Street Children and Families 

As families gear up for Halloween activities, Councilmember Price invited several local partners to come together on Oct. 14 to a special Community Resource Fair to bring a bit of joy to CD 9 neighbors located on and around the 27th Street blast zone. 

Families were treated to a wide-range of activities including games, arts & crafts, face painting and other special treats. Just as important, neighbors were connected to resources designed to bring them some relief. 

With St. John’s Well Child and Family Center mobile clinic on hand, residents were able to see a physician, obtain an auditory exam, sign-up for health insurance and get the COVID-19 vaccine. Individuals were also able to obtain mental health referrals from the LA County Department of Mental Health, as well as obtain information on filing claims with the City, and received information on social services. 

Click on the image below for a video highlighting the special event at 27th Street from our friends at LA Cityview 35.  


CRCD Enterprises Resources for 27th Street Families



27th Street Family Finds New Home 

When the fireworks blast rang through the 27th Street community in July, the Joseph family was one of dozens of people that were displaced. Their family, consisting of matriarch Kumeka and her two children, were able to open the door to their new home in early November, thanks to Team Price working to secure permanent housing with local organizations. Councilman Price’s Office delivered a new dining set, beds and additional elements to help the family get settled into their new home- filling them with promise, hope and a solid foundation for their future. 

From the onset of the tragedy, Councilman Price has been focused on ensuring that impacted neighbors had all of their basic needs met, including food, shelter and resources to help them move forward with their lives. Councilmember Price is continuing to work in collaboration with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) and the Watts Labor Community Action Committee (WLCAC) and others to assist with placing a number of households into permanent housing.

If you or anyone you know was affected by this devastating event, please call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.



Trees on 27th Street Get TLC


Councilman Price is committed to delivering continuous attention and support to the 27th Street neighborhood impacted by the fireworks explosion to address the improvements needed to ensure a high quality of life. In November, his office worked with the City's Bureau of Street Services to conduct tree maintenance that provide environmental, social and economic benefits to residents.

As part of the latest effort, a total of 90 trees were been trimmed along the areas of Stanford between 27th and 29th; San Pedro between 27th and 28th; 27th, 28th, and 29th between San Pedro and Central; Griffith between 27th and Adams; and Trinity between Adams and 27th. This latest initiative also resulted in the removal of four dead trees and stumps. Future plans include the addition of 18 new trees in the area.

For more information, please call Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.



Demolition of House on 27th Street

Councilman Price joined a crew on Nov. 15 as they began to partially demolish and begin repairs on 712 E. 27th St., one of the red-tagged homes impacted by the 27th St. fireworks explosion in CD 9. To date, the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), under Councilmember Price’s direction, has conducted repairs across 16 homes in the impacted zone by installing new windows, painting the exterior, fixing stucco, repairing damaged wood, and ironwork. 

Team Price is committed to providing the 27th Street neighborhood the resources to rebuild and come back stronger from this tragedy. If you were affected by the South LA fireworks explosion last June, please call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.



Councilmember Price Hosts 27th Street Thanksgiving Resource Fair

Families residing around the 27th Street community in District 9 enjoyed a special Thanksgiving Resource Fair on Nov. 19., where over 100 neighbors received a turkey and a food box just in time for the holidays. The special event, organized by Councilmember Price, is part of his ongoing effort to deliver continuous attention and support to the 27th Street neighborhood impacted by the South LA fireworks explosion.

“With this year’s Holiday Season in full swing, it is more important than ever to cover our 27th Street community with the strength they need during what has been a very difficult time in their lives,” said Councilmember Price. “This community continues to persevere through all the challenges that have been thrown their way and events like these show them they are supported and not alone.” 

In addition, Kedren Community Health Center was on hand offering COVID-19 vaccinations (including booster shots) and medical referrals, the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health provided mental health referrals and the City Attorney’s Office was also onsite to assist with questions regarding claims for personal and property damage. All People’s Community Center and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) were in attendance providing resources and activities, including games, face painting and other special treats for families.



 


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