Green Meadows Recreation Center Transformed into Pop-Up Vaccination Clinic

Mobile COVID-19 vaccination teams on Feb. 19 wrapped up back-to-back weekly efforts to bring the shot directly to local seniors 65 and older, as well as health care workers, via a grassroots program led by Councilmember Curren Price intended to vaccinate some of District 9's most vulnerable residents.

The orchestrated effort to go into South LA neighborhoods launched in early February at South Park Recreation Center and continued Feb. 16 to Feb. 19 at Green Meadows Recreation Center. With the help of Team Price driving City vehicles, and support from Access vans and private buses, the latest opportunity was responsible for helping to transport hundreds of seniors from Kilgore Manor & Griffith Gardens Senior Apartments, Pueblo del Rio Public Housing facility, and others to the mobile vaccine site.

The CD9 COVID-19 mobile vaccination clinics, in partnership with Core (Community Organized Relief Effort) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD, continue at Vermont Square Park from Feb. 23 to Feb. 26Please see the flyers below for more details. The local effort has been responsible for administering thousands of COVID-19 vaccines to local neighbors over the course of the last two weeks.

To schedule an appointment or request a ride (must reside in District 9), please call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. You may also click here to be considered for an appointment.

Vermont Square Park: Feb. 23-26

 

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District 9 Homeless Family Receives Much-Needed Support

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.

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Mobile Clinic Brings COVID-19 Vaccines to District 9 Seniors

The Office of Councilmember Curren Price is bringing mobile COVID-19 vaccination units directly into District 9 neighborhoods for thousands of local seniors 65 and older and healthcare workers.

The first mobile COVID-19 clinic in CD 9 arrived at South Park on Feb. 9, with about 1,000 local seniors receiving the first of two guaranteed doses of the Pfizer vaccine over the course of a four-day event. 

Team Price not only rolled up their sleeves to help register community members aged 65 and older but they were on deck picking up and dropping off individuals who did not have a way to get to the park. This labor of love will continue as Team Price, the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) and Core (Community Organized Relief Effort), make their way to Green Meadows Recreation Center from Feb. 16 to Feb. 19 and Vermont Square Park from Feb. 23 to Feb. 26 to continue administering the vaccine to these high-risk individuals.

Please see the flyers below for more details on future opportunities in our community. To schedule an appointment or request a ride (must reside in District 9), please call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. You may also click here to be considered for an appointment later this month. 

Click on the image below to watch footage of the mobile vaccination program in South Park earlier this week. 

 

Green Meadows Recreation Center Feb. 16-19

Looking Ahead: Vermont Square Park Feb. 23-26

 

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Coronavirus and Breaking Down Barriers Through Conversation

On Feb. 11, Councilmember Curren Price was joined by medical leaders in the South LA community, Dr. Jerry Abraham from Kedren Community Health Center and Dr. Kamala Gipson-McElroy of St. John's Well Child and Family Center, for a candid conversation on COVID-19 vaccine reluctance and access barriers in minority communities. The experts discussed a range of issues from vaccination hesitancy, health disparities in underserved communities, as well as how children and families are being affected during the pandemic. 

The local doctors offered a first-hand look at how the virus sweeping across the world is directly impacting the District 9 community, discussing the efforts being made to get South LA vaccinated, as well as debunking myths surrounding vaccine hesitancy in communities of color and the dire need to dismantle access barriers for people of color to obtain the COVID-19 vaccine.

Click on the image below, courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview Channel 35, to watch this important message in its entirety. Please note: A Spanish-language version will be available soon with subtitles. 

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Councilman Curren Price Secures Millions of Face Masks for Local Healthcare Workers, Nonprofit Groups and Constituents

Councilmember Curren Price recently secured more than four million face masks, made possible through a special donation by an individual who wishes to remain anonymous. The face masks are currently being distributed to local health clinics, nonprofit partners and the District 9 community. 

“We are grateful for the donor’s generosity and selflessness, which will allow us to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” added Councilmember Price. “District 9 is being ravaged by the coronavirus and obtaining the necessary resources is a matter of life and death for our neighbors.”

Individuals and families in CD 9 in need of resources, can call the Office of Councilmember Price at (323) 846-2651. 

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Only a Few Days Left to Nominate your CD 9 SHero

The clock is ticking to nominate local SHeroes making a difference in the community during the COVID-19 crisis. The Office of Councilmember Price is accepting nominations for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards through Feb. 19.

A SHero is a woman who has demonstrated leadership, pride and commitment to her community in an extraordinary manner. To be eligible for this special distinction, nominees must either live and/or work with an organization or business in Council District 9.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s SHeroes class will be honored virtually and in a safe manner this spring. To submit your nomination, click here!

Click on the image below, courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview Channel 35, to watch a video on this District 9 special program.

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Team Up to Clean Up District 9!

In partnership with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD), more than 1,000 pounds of trash were removed from a residential alley location on 51 Street and Avalon Boulevard last week.

Let’s work together to keep our District 9 community clean and green! Creating a service request with the City is as easy as 3-1-1. Download the MYLA311 app to report trash, graffiti, overgrown vegetation, schedule a bulky-item pick up and other City services for FREE! 

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Extending Relief to District 9 Families During COVID-19

Local neighbors lined up on Feb. 5 for a chance to receive bags of food, grocery store gift cards and tablets as part of community efforts to support children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Partners included the Office of Councilmember Curren Price, Community Build and Voices Neighborhood Council

In case you missed it, the ongoing District 9 food distributions are scheduled for the first and third Friday of the month at Vermont Square Park located at 1248 W 47th St. 

Individuals and families in need of resources can contact Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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Nominations Being Accepted for the 2021 Tribute to SHeroes Awards!

Do you know a phenomenal woman from District 9 who has or is making a difference in our community in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency? If so, Councilmember Curren Price would like to hear from you.

The Office of Councilmember Price is accepting nominations for the Annual Tribute to SHeroes Awards through Feb. 19. A SHero is a woman who has demonstrated leadership, pride and commitment to her community in a remarkable manner. To be eligible for this special distinction, nominees must either live and/or work with an organization or business in Council District 9.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s SHeroes class will be honored virtually and in a safe manner this spring. To submit your nomination, click here!

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Celebrating Homeless Advocate Veronica Lewis for 10 Years of Dedicated Service

Veronica Lewis reached a decade of service with Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) this February. As the Director of HOPICS, she oversees more than $50 million in annual funding for a variety of programs, including mental health, substance use disorder treatment, reentry support, homeless and housing services, as well as trauma-focused services. Veronica, who was born and raised in South LA, is not showing any signs of stopping, dedicating much of her time, effort and energy to helping put individuals experiencing homeless onto paths to brighter futures. 

“It is my honor and privilege to congratulate Veronica Lewis on 10 years of extraordinary service to the City of Los Angeles, SPA 6 and especially here in District 9,” said Councilmember Curren Price. “She is a beacon of light in our community. Her leadership, compassion and creativity to support our most vulnerable is nothing short of admirable.”

Congratulations Veronica! Team Price wishes you continued success.

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