On Sept. 30, Councilmember Curren Price joined the City’s Census 2020 Initiative for a special visit to Gilbert Lindsay Recreation Center to provide local neighbors with assistance on filling out their census forms, as well as free COVID-19 tests.
During the community event, dozens of households who participated in the drive-thru/walk-up opportunity completed their Census forms and also received a $5 gift card and goodie bag.
Attention District 9: the deadline to fill out your Census 2020 form has been extended to Oct. 31 so there is still time to be counted. Getting counted in the census means equal representation at all levels of government and money for our communities for vital programs and services in education, housing, healthcare, transportation and so much more for the next 10 years.
For more information, visit My2020Census.gov or call 844-330-2020.
Click on the image below for live footage and interviews from the event, courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview 35.
On Sept. 25, Councilman Curren Price joined Dr. Douglas S. Harrington MD, Fellow of the American Society of Preventive Cardiology and Chairman of the GUARDaHEART Foundation, for an informative discussion on COVID-19 antibody testing and to announce a special opportunity for District 9 neighbors to learn if they had a past infection with the virus. The no cost COVID-19 antibody testing community event in CD 9 will take place Oct. 13-15 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. at Councilman Price’s District Office (4301 S. Central Ave.)
Schedule an appointment by visiting www.guardaheart.org. Individuals without access to the Internet or who need assistance in Spanish can call (866) 299-8998, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., to make an appointment. For more information, check out the special event page here or call Councilman Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
The SARS-CoV-2 antibody testing being provided in CD 9 is one of the most reliable antibody tests available. It has a sensitivity of 100 percent and a specificity of 99.6 percent performance evaluations. A positive result indicates that an individual has been infected with the COVID-19 pathogen and has developed some level of immunity.
Click on the image below for a special LA Currents segment courtesy of our friends at LA Cityview 35 discussing the need for COVID-19 antibody testing as a critical next step in battling the disease, continuing to flatten the curve and ensuring a safe re-opening of the community.
Councilmember Curren Price is thrilled to welcome the first Prop. HHH funded project to be completed in District 9 and opening by the fall of this year. Click on the image above to learn more about RISE Apartments, which will bring 56 units of housing for homeless individuals with 42 units reserved for veterans experiencing homelessness.
On Sept. 25, Councilman Curren Price visited RISE Apartments, which will bring 56 units of housing for homeless veterans and other homeless individuals, and is nearing completion.
Located at 4050 S. Figueroa St., within RISE Apartments, each unit will be fully furnished and include a kitchenette with a refrigerator, cook-top and microwave. Amenities for residents include a community room, a residential courtyard, bike storage, covered parking and laundry facilities. In addition to the residential community, there will be 3,400 square feet of community commercial office space.
When completed later this year, RISE Apartments will offer supportive services and case management offices onsite through the SRO Housing Corporation. A total of 42 out of 56 units were reserved specifically for formerly homeless veterans.
RISE is joining dozens of housing projects that will be bringing much-needed relief to working families and help reduce the homeless population in CD 9. More than 2,000 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing units have been identified within CD9. This includes nearly 1,600 units currently in the pipeline and scheduled for completion within the next two to three years.
Councilmember Curren Price, in partnership with St. John’s Well Child and Family Center, will be hosting a FREE pop-up testing opportunity on Sept. 30 at his District Office located at 4301 S. Central Ave.
During the past 6 months, we have conducted over 100,000 tests in District 9, which resulted in more than 17,000 positive cases. In fact, there were over 6,000 new positive cases in July compared to nearly 3,000 in August. "Although there has been a downward trend as of late, we must continue to get tested to ensure we are reducing the transmission rates so we can win the fight against COVID-19 once and for all," added Councilman Price.
Please make an appointment ahead of time by calling Alicia Vargas at (213) 400-0552 (English) or Antonia Esparza at (213) 706-1740 (Spanish). For more information on coronavirus testing in Los Angeles, visit https://corona-virus.la/covid-19-testing.
Councilmember Curren Price is partnering with GUARDaHEART to provide local residents COVID-19 Antibody Testing Oct. 13-15 at his District Office (see flyers below).
The antibody test is a serum blood test that detects the body's immune response to the infection caused by the COVID-19 virus. This opportunity is for asymptomatic (not exhibiting any signs or symptoms of active infection) patients only or patients who suspect they may have come in contact with the virus or experienced symptoms weeks or months ago but were never tested. A positive antibody result means you have developed an immune response to COVID-19 and suggests an individual has established a level of immunity.
Please schedule an appointment by clicking here or visit www.guardaheart.org. Individuals without access to the Internet or who need assistance in Spanish can call (866) 299-8998, Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., to make an appointment. For more information on the upcoming event, see the flyers below or contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price is collaborating with the Los Angeles Football Club, Mount Moriah Baptist Church and several other partners for a drive-thru food giveaway to help local families cope during the coronavirus pandemic. The event for District 9 neighbors will take place Saturday, Oct. 3 from 9-11 a.m. at Mount Moriah Baptist Church (4269 S. Figueroa St.)
For more information on the latest CD 9 food giveaway, see the flyers here or contact Councilmember Curren Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651.
Councilmember Curren Price will host during the week of Nov. 9, the 20th Annual Senior Appreciation Luncheon treating local neighbors to a free meal and care package which they can enjoy from the comfort of home.
Each year Councilman Price organizes a senior luncheon for more than 1,000 neighbors at the Los Angeles Convention Center filled with tasty food, dancing and live entertainment. To ensure the local senior community remains safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Councilmember Price decided to take this beloved community event on the road in 2020 and have thousands of meals with treats delivered safely.
Older adults who live in District 9 and are 65 years and older can call Councilman Price’s District Office at (323) 846-2651 to participate in this celebration. Please see the flyer below and reserve your spot before Oct. 21.
“The Senior community is the glue that holds us all together because they are the eyes, ears and soul of our neighborhoods,” added Councilmember Price. “Our older adults are integral to moving South LA forward, and together we can and will enrich the quality of life for generations to come.”
On Sept. 19, Councilman Curren Price joined President/CEO Charlene Dimas-Peinado of Wellnest for a sneak peak of The Nest on Florence, a new 50-unit housing development for young men and women and their families who are at-risk for homelessness or have become homeless, as well as experiencing a mental health issue.
Construction of the five-story permanent supportive housing complex, which will include 34 studios and 16 one-bedrooms, a recreation area, community room, laundry facilities, and other amenities, is currently underway thanks to $12 million from Measure HHH and Measure H tax dollars.
The most recent homelessness count reports there are more than 400 homeless youth in CD 9, which includes Transitional Age Youth (young adults between the ages of 18 and 24), unaccompanied minors and children in young families.
“These are vulnerable people who are at a crossroads where support and understanding could make a huge difference in the direction their lives will go, and they are the types of young adults and families that The Nest on Florence is dedicated to serve,” said Councilmember Price. “At The Nest, these young men and women will find refuge, an array of supportive services and opportunities that can lead to newfound independence, stability and a more promising future.”
When complete, The Nest will offer a variety of wrap-around services onsite such as mental health, education and job training, addiction and recovery services, legal issues and more.
The Nest on Florence, located at 410 E. Florence Ave., is expected to open its doors within the next 18 months joining dozens of housing projects that will be bringing much-needed relief to working families and help reduce the homeless population in CD 9. More than 2,000 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing units have been identified within CD9. This includes nearly 1,600 units currently in the pipeline and scheduled for completion within the next two to three years.
On Sept. 18, the Office of Councilman Curren Price, in partnership with the Coalition for Responsible Community Development and Worldwide Produce, were able to answer the need of the neighbors in the distribution of hundreds of FREE produce boxes at the VCN YouthSource Center (1006 E. 28th St.) in District 9.
If you are a local family in need of resources, contact Councilman Price's District Office at (323) 846-2651.