As a single mother of four children whose ages ranged from 2 to 17, Angelica was down on her luck. The local family was forced to live in a mobile home on Long Beach Avenue in District 9 with four flat tires, losing hope with each passing day. At every turn, attempting to find housing for the entire family had been an exhausting effort and when Angelica did receive offers of housing it was always on the condition of separating the family- a decision no mother should ever have to make.
During a moment of outreach by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Officers Jason Marquez and Ray Masangkay recognized the heavy burden weighing on the family’s shoulders and set out on a mission to help put them on a path toward permanent housing. In need of extra support, the officers contacted Team Price who assisted with the research efforts to find resources for the family. During the week of Feb. 15, they were able to finally give Angelica the news she had been hoping for-housing where she and her children were all welcome, TOGETHER. The Whole Child, a non-profit organization based in Whittier, was able to place the family at a housing development in Boyle Heights where they will be able to help them transition into permanent supportive housing.
“There are far too many heartbreaking stories in our City of families struggling to make hard choices that can potentially rip the family unit apart,” said Councilman Curren Price. “On behalf of Team Price, we are so relieved that Angelica and her children will be able to find some peace in their new living situation and heal from the times they had to spend on the streets. A very special thank you to the Officers who go above and beyond to make these moments happen.”
Did you know? A team of outreach workers with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) are stationed at Councilman Price’s District Office at 43rd Street and Central Avenue. These teams provide daily outreach to homeless encampments in District 9. For more information, call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.