HCIDLA First-Time Homebuyers Programs

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new home, HCIDLA has your back! The Los Angeles Housing + Community Investment Department has initiated the First-Time Homebuyers Program to assist first-time, low-and-moderate-income homebuyers with purchasing homes in the City of Los Angeles. These programs are designed to support first-time homebuyers with down payments, closing costs, and acquisition financing. Let HCIDLA help you bring your homeownership dreams to fruition. 

For more information on HCIDLA's First-Time Homebuyers Programs, please visit: https://bit.ly/3izmcR3

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Councilman Curren Price Visits Blast Victims

On Aug. 10, Councilman Curren Price had the unique opportunity to visit some of the families currently residing in the corporate apartments that his Office offered to victims impacted by the 27th Street fireworks explosion that occurred on June 30.

The Councilmember checked in with these neighbors to ensure that they not only felt supported but heard. He also hand-delivered Team Price care packages containing at-home essentials and $10,000 checks as part of the Councilmembers’ $1 million relief plan. The CD9 fund is meant to provide upfront financial assistance in the wake of this emergency.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by this devastation, please call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651. You can also visit www.lacity.org/27thstreet

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Community Comes Together for Movie Night

Councilmember Curren Price kicked off CD 9’s first annual Summer Saturdays Extravaganza with a fun-filled outdoor movie night on Aug. 7. More than 50 neighbors, family, and friends gathered at Vermont Square Park to enjoy a screening of the favorite family film, Onward,  with free pizza and CD 9 snack bags. Team Price would like to give a special thanks to the partners that made the launch event a success: Community Build, Inc., Volunteers of America, LAPD 77th Street Community Police Station, and Voices Neighborhood Council.

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A COVID-19 Vaccine Message from Councilman Curren Price

Dear Neighbors,

Los Angeles County, our nation’s most populous county, has been drastically affected by Coronavirus and we remain extremely vulnerable to the highly infectious Delta variant.  

As LA County and the rest of the country are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, this infectious virus is disproportionately affecting Black and Brown communities at high rates. With the new COVID-19 Delta variant, Los Angeles is seeing a rise in cases and our neighbors who are unvaccinated are the most at risk.

As we continue with our everyday activities, return to work and head back to school, we must work diligently to prevent the transmission of this deadly virus throughout our community. Our most vulnerable, children and immune-compromised, are depending on us to be socially responsible and empathetic toward their well-being.

The CDC recommends the most effective way to prevent the transmission of COVID-19 is through vaccination. Recently, I seconded a motion that would require Los Angeles City employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and disclose their status. The goal of this proposal is to protect our workforce and their families, as well as the public at large. 

Individuals who remain unvaccinated pose a significant health risk to themselves and our most vulnerable. Data has shown 67 percent of Los Angeles’ population has been vaccinated, yet only 46 percent of the county’s African American population and 56 percent of the county’s Latino population have been vaccinated.  

I urge our community to become vaccinated, and to encourage loved ones to become vaccinated while continuing to wear a mask. I recently partnered with St. John's Well Child and Family Center to get the word out about the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Please help share the message and spread the word. 

We are in this together,

Councilmember Curren D. Price, Jr.

 

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COVID-19 Ambassadors

A group of CD 9 ambassadors, consisting of Team Price in partnership with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD) and others, are making their way throughout the community to distribute masks, as well as disseminate information on COVID-19 testing and scheduling vaccination appointments for neighbors. The effort has been successful in setting more than 2,000 vaccination appointments since May.  

Still in need of a vaccination? See below for ongoing opportunities.

 

 

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Main Street Complete Street

Eliminating traffic-related deaths is a top priority for Councilman Curren Price’s Office. With an increasing number of people walking and biking, it’s important that District Nine implements transportation safety improvements to make streets safer for everyone. 

This year, the Office of Councilmember Price collaborated with the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) to complete construction of the 5.5-mile Main Street Complete Street project from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Imperial Hwy. This project, which includes 230 new curb ramps, five intersections with bicycle turnout boxes and three new traffic signals among other safety features installed, is designed to ensure the safety and accessibility for communities in CD9.

If you have questions about the changes that have been completed along Main Street, or are interested to learn more about what’s coming ahead, please don't hesitate to contact Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.

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SoCalGas Scholarship Recipient

 

Congratulations to SoCalGas Scholarship recipient and outstanding scholar, Sanii Farley! Sanii graduated from Santee Education Complex in District 9 with a 4.0 GPA. Sanii was accepted to 16 institutions and will attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. this fall to study Business Finance. The SoCalGas Scholarship will provide Sanii with funding to support her educational expenses and the Ninth District’s goal to advance higher education. After college, Sanii plans to attend law school. Way to go Sanii!

Team Price wants to highlight local students excelling in school and doing wonderful things in our community. Contact Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651 and tell us about your outstanding youth.

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Councilman Curren Price Establishes $1 Million Emergency Relief Fund for Victims of the South LA Fireworks Blast

LA City Councilmember Curren Price on July 21 unveiled details of a $1 Million Emergency Relief Fund that will help District 9 victims of the LAPD fireworks explosion. The initiative draws from Price’s $21 Million Reimagining Public Safety dollars and will provide immediate relief to impacted individuals and families.

The new program, established by Councilman Price, will go toward providing longer-term housing for individuals who have been displaced; home repairs from broken windows to plumbing, and other structural repairs; and financial assistance in the amount of $10,000 for 25 pre-identified, severely impacted households.

“We don’t have time for bureaucracy, we need to cut through the red tape for the sake of the victims,” said Councilman Price. “As my District reels from the reckless damage done, my focus remains steadfast on sustaining residents and lifting up the victims in their time of need. I am determined to help the affected families get back on their feet.” 

The June 30 explosion on the 700 block of East 27th Street sent 17 residents and law enforcement officers to the hospital, displaced 80 neighbors, damaged dozens of homes and cars on the block, and financially affected 30 businesses.  

The Councilmember added that Team Price has been working around-the-clock to make sure the victims feel supported. Price’s office has led efforts to secure housing, clothing, and personally delivering meals and organizing food distributions, as well as purchasing furniture and refrigerators.

Most recently, Councilman Price’s office was able to transition 29 households into first-class, high quality, longer-term corporate apartments with a kitchen and laundry facility in each unit. 

“As we move toward recovery, my community has proven their resiliency,” said Price. “They have been tried and tested, and they don't need another apology. They want action from their government, and they want it now!”

If you are a victim of the LAPD fireworks explosion and are in need of assistance, contact Councilmember Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651 or visit www.lacity.org/27thStreet

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District 9 Children Set Sail to Sea

On July 28, Councilman Curren Price in partnership with the non-profit Marina Del Rey Anglers, took 36 children from the Gilbert Lindsay Park Recreation Center’s girls’ softball team, boys’ soccer team and boys’ baseball team for a fishing trip. 

The young fishers were all smiles as they set off to sea and each  of them caught at least one fish, while one skilled boy managed to catch three! All of the fish were returned safely to the ocean. 

Special thanks to Reimagine LA Foundation, A Chance for Children Foundation, University Little League and Betty O. SportFishing for giving the children of CD 9 an experience of a lifetime. 

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Dodgers Dreamfield Opens at Local District 9 Park

On June 26, Councilman Curren Price was joined by dozens of local youth for the grand reveal of a brand new Dodgers Dreamfield at Gilbert Lindsay Recreation Center.

Located in the heart of District 9, Gilbert Lindsay Park recently received significant upgrades to support programming, provide a safe and quality place for children to play softball and strengthen community engagement. All-Star project enhancements also included a field makeover, shade structures, new fencing and warning track, new bullpens, a solar scoreboard, sprinkler system upgrade and the addition of a concrete path and ADA accessible bleachers. 

Immediately following the unveiling, local children took the field with the Los Angeles Dodgers Training Academy for a special softball clinic.

A very special thanks to Major League Baseball (MLB), the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF) for coming together to make this dream field a reality for District 9 children. 

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