On May 11, The Office of Councilman Curren Price and partner HOPICS, opened the “Lillian Mobley Family Housing” center. The facility was dedicated in honor of prominent African-American leader “Mother” Mobley, a legendary role model in community service and activism who left a mark across underserved communities from South LA to Watts, Sacramento and beyond.
The shelter for families is the 27th “A Bridge Home” facility in the City, and the first in District 9 devoted solely to families. With the capacity of housing 15 families, clients who live there will have a beautiful playground and grassy area for play and leisure, and will receive the care and attention they need to continue their journey toward housing stability.
To view the festivities from this heart-warming ribbon cutting, which featured family members of the great Lillian Mobley, click on the image above.
On May 8, Councilmember Curren Price joined A Step to Freedom, a local District 9 non-profit, for the kick off of their annual “blessing bag” feminine care drive to bring awareness of period poverty.
Women living in poverty or experiencing homelessness often have to choose between buying food for their children and buying period products, while girls may miss school while on their periods. The bags, which contain toiletries, feminine hygiene products as well as 25,000 masks donated by Team Price, were distributed to 500 ladies experiencing homelessness in the CD 9 community throughout the past week.
“No woman should have to ever decide between purchasing food for their families and sanitary products,” added Councilman Price. “Organizations such as A Step to Freedom are doing a fantastic job bringing to light the importance of what essential supplies mean for women who are suffering from the condition of homelessness.”
On May 7, City Councilmember Curren Price dedicated the newest permanent supportive housing project in CD 9 in the name of Dolores Huerta, a longstanding civil rights leader and champion for working-class people.
The project in South LA includes the use of modular construction with a per-unit cost below $200,000 -- less than one third the average cost ($600,000) for comparable publicly funded housing in California.
“The Dolores Huerta Apartments has all the components to not only fast track the process of building much-needed units, but also provide services that will change the lives of the individuals who will live there,” added Price. “It is so fitting that this building will be named after a fierce warrior whose lifelong mission has been advocating for the marginalized and disenfranchised. It’s Dolores’ spirit that we lean on as the City continues in its efforts to combat the homelessness crisis.”
Ms. Huerta joined Councilman Price at the groundbreaking ceremony along with local students from Dolores Huerta Elementary School and partners from SDS Capital Group and RMG Housing.
The Dolores Huerta Apartments is the City’s first modular permanent supportive housing project using a high-speed, low-cost development model to effectively combat the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. Residents who move into the complex will live in quality homes with private kitchens and bathrooms. They will also have access to on-site case management services provided by Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS).
“We launched the SDS Permanent Supportive Housing Fund for one simple reason – to help tackle the homelessness crisis here in our backyard – Los Angeles,” said Deborah La Franchi, CEO and President, SDS Capital Group. “We provide a single source of private capital that is readily accessible to RMG. This available capital fuels the scalability of this high-quality, low-cost PSH model. RMG is able to maintain a laser-like focus on site selection and construction, rather than chasing multiple funding sources for each investment.”
Councilman Price made the City-owned site available for the development, expected to open later this fall and consisting of 40-units.
Tim Roth, CEO of RMG Housing, said, “Our ability to access capital from SDS is the key to scaling our high-speed, low-cost construction and moving people off the streets into permanent supportive housing. We believe private financing and modular construction will play an increasingly important role in solving L.A.’s homelessness crisis.”
To watch this historical groundbreaking, click here.
Mark your calendars to join LA City Councilmember Curren Price and First Lady of District 9 Del Richardson Price for the premiere of the 2021 Tribute to SHeroes program on May 6 at 7 p.m. Get ready to “meet” and learn about 10 remarkable women who have put their lives on the line during the public health crisis of our lifetime and are making a difference in District 9.
Hear directly from these SHeroes on the front lines, including a nurse practitioner who has answered the call of duty, setting out to empower not only her staff but her community by being a resource that people can trust, and a medical assistant who loves providing help to those in need, which inspires her to continually give the best of herself for her patients and community.
Grab your popcorn and watch the 30-minute stream directly from Councilman Price’s Facebook page here or LA CityView Channel 35. Remember to take a moment to recognize the special SHeroes in your life. See the flyers here for more details.
LA City Councilmember Curren Price on April 23 paid his respects to the more than 1,000 victims in District 9 that have succumbed to COVID-19. The virtual celebration of life included special guests at back-to-back presentations from South Park Recreation Center and Vermont Square Park.
Looking out into a sea of over 1,000 white flags, each representing a life lost and a family forever changed by the pandemic, Councilman Price welcomed four local families who each lost a loved one, including the loss of patriarchs and matriarchs. The hour-long programs, which included words of encouragement, music and dance, featured the participation of RTLA Church, Experience Christian Ministries, Greater New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church and St. Cecilia Catholic Church. The events concluded with special poetry readings by LA Artist Kelvin Carter and acclaimed poet Hiram Simms, curator and owner of The Sims Library of Poetry.
To watch “Hope and Healing” from South Park Recreation Center, click here.
Click here to watch the virtual event from Vermont Square Park.
On April 22, LA City Councilmember Curren Price hosted alongside St. John’s Well Child and Family Center a mobile walk-up vaccination clinic in the church parking lot of Nativity Catholic Church where they were able to inoculate 400 District 9 neighbors.
The pop-up event was the second in two weeks organized in collaboration with local faith-based organizations aimed at bringing the vaccine directly to underserved neighborhoods in District 9.
As part of his ongoing grassroots outreach, Councilmember Price launched in early April a program partnering with local churches across South LA to ensure neighbors had access to the vaccine. Over the past year, there have been nearly 70,000 positive coronavirus cases and 1,029 deaths in the District, one of the hardest hit in the City. Between the vaccination site at USC, the mobile clinics across CD 9 parks, and now churches, more than 85,000 COVID-19 doses have been distributed in Councilman Price’s District at City-operated sites.
If you have any questions about vaccines or are in need of a ride to get your vaccination, contact Councilman Price’s District Office (323) 846-2651.
Looking Ahead: Upcoming CD 9 Vaccination Opportunity
Efforts continued to rev up with no signs of slowing down across District 9 mobile vaccine clinics! During the week of April 13-17, vaccination appointments at South Park Recreation Center opened up to anyone 16 or older, resulting in an average of 300 COVID-19 vaccine doses a day.
With the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD), CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) and local volunteer groups like Equipo Verde on hand at South Park, the effort during the week reached more than 1,000 neighbors.
On April 16, attendees got an extra special treat heading into the weekend. Neighbors received lunch, food boxes, masks and Girl Scouts from a local middle school were on hand selling cookies. Since getting a shot can be daunting for some, Councilman Curren Price has made it his mission to create a trusted, friendly and welcoming environment at his vaccination sites.
CD 9 neighbors can continue to call Councilman Price’s District Office to arrange an appointment for a vaccine and request a ride at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price is proud to support efforts that bring added resources and provide relief grants to mom-and-pop rental owners seeking stability in the wake of COVID-19. The Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) have joined a group of partners to provide such supportive services by launching in late April the Los Angeles Local Rental Owners Collaborative (LROC) aimed at assisting immigrant and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) independent rental owners.
The special program will offer rental grants, financial counseling, technical assistance referrals and free access to technology to small landlords in South LA. If you are a landlord in need of assistance, you may be eligible for this program. For more information, see the flyers here and click here to apply.
If you are a visual artist, muralist or painter and would like to be a part of the Central Quincy Green Alley Network, this opportunity is for you! The Trust for Public Land is recruiting 11 artists to help draft and paint community murals for the upcoming project. Applications are due May 21 and are available using this link.
The Central Quincy Green Alley project will renovate 10 alley segments in District 9 into vibrant, green alleys where children and families can safely walk or bike to schools, local businesses and parks. For more information or learn more about upcoming projects, please contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.