TRUST South LA 2050: Affordable Homes, Sustainable Neighborhoods

submission by sandra.mcneill.50

Organization Name

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TRUST South LA (Tenemos que Reclamar y Unidos Salvar la Tierra-South LA)

Website

www.trustsouthla.org

Indicator

Please select the one indicator that is most relevant to your project or organization: Housing

What is your idea and how will it impact your indicator?

TRUST South LA is building a model for sustainable living in LA in 2050, with a bold plan to make better use of the 3000 acres of underutilized land in South LA, which can be replicated throughout the City. We are working to create affordable homes for our local families, placing land under community control, and building green, healthy neighborhoods.

As a grassroots community organization, TRUST South LA is committed to building a vibrant South Los Angeles. We believe that how we use land -- and who controls that land -- has deep implications for the future of our City, our nation, and our planet. TRUST South LA was born from our community’s long struggle against displacement of working-class families, as property values and rents have risen in the neighborhoods south of Downtown LA, near the University of Southern California (USC) and around the new Expo Line. We value community ownership, responsible development, transparency, and the development of grassroots leadership.

Over 40% of South LA households earn under $25,000 per year. In fact, 80% of our residents earn below the City’s median income. Clearly, we need economic development to increase people’s income levels, but we also need creative strategies to increase the amount of affordable housing available to these families. The majority of households in South LA can afford between $450 and $750/month for housing costs. Rents in our neighborhoods currently range from $900/month for 1 bedroom units, to over $1,600/month for a 3- or 4-bedroom home. There is an enormous gap between what our families have to spend on housing, and the actual cost of that housing. The result of South LA’s severe affordable housing shortage is that many families are being driven out of our neighborhoods, or they are forced to double-up in existing homes, causing conditions of crowding that are emotionally stressful for adults and children alike. This situation has been exacerbated since the economic crisis has driven up foreclosure rates, and many of those properties are subsequently acquired by real estate speculators.

Here is TRUST South LA’s plan to protect our community from the threats of rising housing costs, deteriorating housing conditions, increased housing speculation, and displacement:

1) Purchase foreclosed homes that are on 5,000+ square foot lots, in the same neighborhood, and place the land into TRUST South LA’s community land trust.

2) Add a second 2- or 3-bedroom, 1200 square foot home on to each lot, utilizing high-quality, well-designed manufactured housing – taking advantage of existing State laws and local regulations to build these ‘backyard homes’, and cutting land costs in half.

3) Transfer the homes into a limited equity housing cooperative, through which the tenants collectively own their homes, while the land continues to be held under the stewardship of our community land trust.

4) Make the entire neighborhood more livable by working with the residents, their neighbors and other partners to advance street improvements for bikes and pedestrians, and to add more green and open space.

Funding from LA2050 will support a demonstration project for resident-controlled housing in South Los Angeles that will be affordable to low-income households. The award will enable TRUST South LA to purchase and to rehabilitate six existing single family homes, and to add a newly constructed units on the same parcel, yielding permanently affordable homes for 12 families – housing 60-72 people by the end of the one year pilot phase. However, most importantly, our goal is to create a model that can be replicated throughout South Los Angeles and other parts of the City, with a demonstration that will draw the attention and confidence of City and State policy makers and funders.

What are some of your organization’s most important achievements to date?

TRUST South LA works to establish community control over economic resources. We acquire land to be held collectively, and in perpetuity, by low-income community residents. Thus the land will never be subject to speculative real estate activities, industrial practices that compromise health, or slum housing practices. Use of the land will instead be directed by – and forever controlled by – low-income community residents, to meet the needs of their families and neighbors.

Important achievements include:
Maintained a formal, voting Membership of grassroots community residents to hold ultimate authority over organizational assets and decisions, and to elect a grassroots Board of Directors.

With partners, raised $5 million in equity from private and public sources for land acquisition.

With the City of LA, secured: $1 million for pedestrian improvements, in a high-traffic near an elementary school; and $5 million for development of a 4 acre park in LA’s most park-poor Council District.

Led the Housing Working Group of United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD) Coalition Housing Working Group during the Lorenzo community benefits agreement and USC Specific Plan campaigns, which resulted in over $20 million in funding for affordable housing, 4000 new beds of student housing, and a tenants’ rights legal clinic at USC.

With the City and non-profit developer Abode Communities, advanced plans to develop the 7 acre Slauson&Wall Brownfields site with a 4 acre park, community center, and 120 affordable homes – all designed by the community.

Established a vibrant Slauson&Wall Neighbor’s Organizing Committee to move forward all planning, community engagement and campaign work related to this transformative project.

Used Theatre of the Oppressed as a community education and advocacy tool, including utilizing street theatre to explain dynamics of gentrification around light rail.

Organized a tenant-led campaign that resulted in the owners’ agreement to sell the 48 unit, 2 acre Rolland Curtis Gardens property adjacent to USC and the Expo line, rather than displacing families to convert to student housing; and conducted a participatory planning process to rebuild as a key Transit Oriented Development with affordable housing for 140 families, bike and care share programs, and community-serving commercial uses.

Brought CicLAvia to South LA, opening up the streets for thousands of people to use as recreation space, for walking, biking, running, skating, and simply hanging out – as a step in TRUST South LA’s growing mobility work which seeks to better utilize public land to serve local families.

Initiated Ride South LA mapping projects as community advocacy tools, to demand equitable bike/pedestrian infrastructure investment in South LA.

Please identify any partners or collaborators who will work with you on this project.

Real Estate Development Partner – East LA Community Corporation: ELACC has developed 360 affordable housing units in East LA, organizes community residents to advocate for change, and provides homeownership counseling. TRUST South LA has initiated negotiation of an MOU with ELACC, anticipating that we will share a project manager who will be responsible for acquiring sites, and managing rehabilitation and new construction.

Manufactured Home Supplier – Next Step: The Next Step is the first and only national strategy to bring high quality, Energy Star factory-built homes to nonprofits nationwide. By aggregating demand for the factory built housing industry, they are able to pass on a bulk discount to TRUST South LA.

Please explain how you will evaluate your project. How will you measure success?

Success will mean:
We have proven the efficacy of the development prototype (two units per lot, blending rehabilitation, and new construction);

We have successfully advocated for (a) policy reform that creates greater certainty around the land use and entitlement processes for “backyard homes” and (b) new public and private capital sources to leverage for future phases of development;

We have tested the market to demonstrate that there is a demand for resident-controlled housing;

We have begun to redefine the policy framework around single family foreclosures to establish a systematic approach to stabilizing neighborhoods, that is both subsidy-efficient and affordable in the long-term.

We expect to achieve these specific outcomes:

(1) 12 homes which are affordable to South LA families;

(2) LA Department of City Planning, LA Housing Department and California State Office of Real Estate policies support implementation and replication of the model

(3) Train current and potential residents to assume control over their housing (including what is cooperative housing, how to oversee a management company, analyzing an operating budget)

(4) Partnerships are in place to improve and green the area surrounding the homes

Finally, we will measure the success of this project – as we do all of our organization’s efforts – through a participatory evaluation process which analyzes how well the project aligns with TRUST South LA’s Principles of (1) developing community consciousness, (2) developing a new generations of leaders, (3) securing community ownership, (4) caring for the earth, (5) sharing knowledge and skills, (6) being experimental, (7) maintaining transparency, (8) being inclusiveness, and (9) making decisions collectively.

How will your project benefit Los Angeles? Please be specific.

Los Angeles defines urban sprawl, with hundreds of miles of roads and freeways that have shaped the City over the past five decades. We all recognize that it is time to rethink, replan, and rebuild Los Angeles to be more compact and less dependent on cars. However, one of the challenges to this vision of smart growth is the many thousands of acres of single-family neighborhoods scattered throughout the City, which do not have lots that can accommodate multi-family housing. TRUST South LA is developing an affordable housing prototype for more families to comfortably live in these types of low-density residential neighborhoods – starting in our own South LA backyards. Furthermore, our model for single family affordable housing will require minimal government subsidy, which is critical in a time of reduced resources, creating the potential for large scale replication even during these lean times. With funding from LA2050, this demonstration project will provide an effective advocacy tool, as TRUST South LA and others pursue the capital subsidies from public and private sources necessary to implement this cost-effective housing model.

As a unique concept, TRUST South LA’s model creates affordability by acquiring properties discounted through the foreclosure process, and then doubling density to decrease the land cost per unit – essentially cutting our land cost in half for each home. Utilizing a mix of rehabilitation and manufactured homes, we can deliver the finished units for $175,000 per home – which is approximately HALF the cost of new multi-family construction. TRUST South LA will create permanent affordable housing – on land held in perpetuity by the community through our land trust – for 50% of what it currently costs to construct permanently affordable rental units! With a successful demonstration project, we can transform our City’s approach to creating affordable housing in low-density neighborhoods.

Additionally, our long-term goal is to create scattered-site limited equity housing cooperatives held on our community land trust, providing resident-control and resident-ownership with long-term affordability. Unlike affordable for-sale developments that lose their affordability after a subsidized homeowner sells, community land trusts circumvent the loss of that initial subsidy through community ownership of the land, which passes the benefits onto future generations. Initially, until the limited equity coop model becomes feasible through increased subsidy sources and by taking the model to scale, we will provide rental housing under the ownership of our member-controlled non-profit.

Finally, as we keep families in their neighborhoods - and create good bike, pedestrian and public transportation infrastructure in those neighborhoods - we get more Angelinos out of their cars and into the streets. This means less greenhouse gas emissions, lower obesity rates, safer streets, and more connected communities throughout LA.

What would success look like in the year 2050 regarding your indicator?

By 2050, we want the low-income residents of South Los Angeles neighborhoods to have shaped the development of housing, recreation and open space in their own neighborhoods, promoting economic vitality and healthy environments. TRUST South LA’s strategy of collective ownership is the result of our community’s desire to control the decisions that will dictate the future of our neighborhoods. With community ownership of real estate assets, we can ensure long-term affordability of housing, and direct the use of that land in perpetuity.

By 2050, we want a Los Angeles that is built more densely in order to provide more housing opportunities to families at all income levels. It is essential, as we add more housing, that we also create neighborhoods that are more livable. Our collaborations with partners and local residents will create more green space; opportunities for local food production; and the public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure that encourages people to out of their cars and into their neighborhoods.

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Doesn't this make a high density area even more dense with housing?

by kschoeck
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for your question. As I mentioned in a couple comments below, so many people are already living in garages in our neighborhoods, or are living with multiple families in one home, just to cover the rent! We do want to reduce the overcrowding that so many of our neighbors are living with by reducing costs, while building high quality, healthy and safe homes. Yes, we will increase density - but in order to make a healthier city, where people live closer to their work, and closer to good public transportation, we do need to make denser neighborhoods. We just need to do it in a way that is healthy, desirable and sustainable. That's why we are proposing to develop not only affordable housing, but entire neighborhoods.

by sandra.mcneill.50
12 months ago | Reply

Amazing project!!

by verosofia
about 1 year ago | Reply

Great project! Thrilled to support this important work.

by carin.chase
about 1 year ago | Reply

What an amazing and inspiring project!! It deserves all the support it can get and I can't wait to see this all take effect in the LA community! I voted!!

by lukaza
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks so much for your votes! Let your friends know about our project, and ask them to vote too! I know that the website has been slow sometimes, so please be persistent, and make sure your vote goes through so that you are counted!

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

HI, wonderful project! I just registered with Good, how do I vote?

by lejibe
12 months ago | Reply

too late to vote, but wish you the best anyway

by lejibe
12 months ago

Brilliant model! You got my vote!

by ggary
about 1 year ago | Reply

This is such a smart, creative, and feasible model. It deserves support!

by WalkyTalkyLA
about 1 year ago | Reply

I voted and so should you! :)

by Eileen_in_LA
about 1 year ago | Reply

I'm liking how you suggest doubling up on lots, versus doubling up inside houses. Gives everyone a little breathing room while cutting the rent.

by stravingus
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for your point. So many people are already living in garages in our neighborhoods, or are living with multiple families in one home, just to cover the rent! We do want to reduce the overcrowding that so many of our neighbors are living with by reducing costs, while building high quality, healthy and safe homes.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

This is fantastic. A simple, achievable, sensible plan that cannot help but improve lives by making better use of existing resources. And I love that it is scalable nationwide. I do truly hope that you get the funding and support you need to grow this into a model for communities across the land. Thank you for generating a solution that does not rely on monolithic forces coming to the rescue.

by silverhawk103
about 1 year ago | Reply

We do hope to be building a model: for South LA, for other LA neighborhoods, and for other cities. Thanks for your vote!

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

Okay, I am confused, it sounds like what you are proposing is going to leave the low-income residents like myself, with a lifetime of rent payments but without that pesky equity that would offer my children security. And all of this in a more crowded neighborhood that will not have additional parking etc. I realize your goal is to get people to use public transportation, but it is not always practical. Is that a correct assessment?

by Justice.Prevails17
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you for raising these concerns, Justice. They are fair and important questions. First, if you and your family have the resources to buy a home in your neighborhood, absolutely you should do that! One of the problems, of course, is that over 75% of residents of South LA are renters, because there are too many barriers for folks to get into buying homes. There are some great organizations like LA Neighborhood Housing Services that help low-income people try to buy homes, and we support that. Most of our members, however, are still not in a position to purchase homes, even with support, so our organization has focused on how to make rental properties more affordable. Also, a significant percentage of foreclosed homes in South LA right now are being purchased by investors rather than individuals (at twice the rate of LA County as a whole!), so we have an additional goal of trying to counteract more absentee ownership in our neighborhoods. Additionally, although we do believe that families should be able to build equity, one of the ways we are getting rents down to affordable levels is by getting some government subsidy into the deal. We do not believe that this subsidy should be passed on to one individual family. Rather, our land trust is set up so that the community holds on to that subsidy, so that working-class families can benefit from that subsidy now, and families 30 years from now will still be benefitting from that subsidy. If people have affordable rents, they can hopefully have enough family financial stability so that they can look at building assets in another way – maybe to the point that they will be positioned to buy a home in the future. On top of that, we want to set up Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives, so that the families living in the properties will together own all the homes (through owning shares in the Cooperative, rather than a condo where individual own their individual units). The Coop model is very common on the East Coast, like in New York City, but less common in California. In our case, the land will be held by our community-controlled land trust, and we will lease the land to the Limited Equity Housing Coop in perpetuity – providing another level of support to the families while ensuring affordability. Our goal is that families can control the housing that they live in – which is really different than renting from an absentee landlord. Ideally, they will also be able to accrue equity through the Coop shares -- on a much smaller scale than owning an entire house, of course, but still it’s an opportunity that renters do not have. Finally, about parking: We do feel that the expectations that most Angelenos have –that every family can own multiple cars, and have free parking for them – is unsustainable. We are talking about LA in the year 2050! And if our City and our planet are to survive, we all have to become less dependent on cars, build out more functional transit systems, and make that work for families of all income levels. There are clearly challenges to this vision, but it’s what we believe our City needs to become. Thanks for raising all of these questions! They are good ones.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

Feeling very POSITIVE about your plan!!! Let's hope for the best for the community, let's hope the best for everybody!!!

by RosyReynoso
about 1 year ago | Reply

This is a great plan to build more affordable housing and strengthen communities. Bravo.

by benpalm
about 1 year ago | Reply

I'm so excited, I believe in TRUST South L.A.!

by malvacea
about 1 year ago | Reply

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by stravingus
about 1 year ago | Reply

This is visionary yet practical plan that can be replicated in other communities being faced with the same issues!! I will surely be voting for TRUST South LA!

by SilviaGonzalezRamos
about 1 year ago | Reply

We appreciate your vote, Silvia. Voting starts tomorrow, so let your friends know! We would really appreciate the support to get this project off the ground!

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

Establishing a model is the plan! thanks for your support.

by tafarai
about 1 year ago | Reply

such a cool video! this project is so thoughtful and amazing! keep it up!

by helloara
about 1 year ago | Reply

The video truly captures one of the many stories of displacement in South LA.

by willkommen
about 1 year ago | Reply

GOOOOO TRUST SOUTH LA!!! The plan and vision to insure that low income residents and communities can be spaces of sustainable green development and community development reflects the self determination of our communities in practice. I look forward to grassroots organizing campaigns and social media education on this critical issue. In Peace, Unity & Social Justice Johnny

by nspirepower
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thank you, Johnny. TRUST South LA is a community development effort that came out of years of community organizing work, to challenge the displacement of communities as rents and property values have gone up south of Downtown LA and around USC. And, as we have grown our grassroots base, and as our Members have expanded their vision of what our neighborhoods should be, we have continued to be involved in community organizing work to accomplish that change.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

i hope you'll vote today, as soon as the polls open, to advance TRUST South LA's vision of a sustainable South Los Angeles!

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

I am really excited to see TRUST South LA's brilliant vision materialize! I expect this vision to be the blueprint for re-stabilizing communities across the nation creating strong, vibrant, and sustainable communities!

by joyousj
about 1 year ago | Reply

We definitely need to start reconnecting as people sharing a community!

by willkommen
about 1 year ago | Reply

We definitely need to start reconnecting as people sharing a community!

by willkommen
about 1 year ago | Reply

We definitely need to start reconnecting as people sharing a community!

by willkommen
about 1 year ago | Reply

We definitely need to start reconnecting as people sharing a community!

by willkommen
about 1 year ago | Reply

We definitely need to start reconnecting as people sharing a community!

by willkommen
about 1 year ago | Reply

As a longtime resident of NYC, I believe one of the most important aspects of the closer, denser, livable community is the warm connection of support among all ages in the community. The aspects of housing density, community ownership and livable outdoor space are critical to nurturing those connections. I applaud this project!

by jean.russak
about 1 year ago | Reply

As we engage community folks to plan TRUST South LA's projects, the issues of creating activities and spaces for people of all ages and all races to enjoy together comes up over and over again. Thank you for bringing that up, Jean.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

and -- remember to VOTE for TRUST South LA tomorrow! THANKS!

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

Sounds like a great and much needed project!

by chilifoot
about 1 year ago | Reply

Anything for everyday working people to simply live in harmony with life. I understand the congestion of LA, traffic, the economy crisis, and simply having an affordable home living situation to meet idealistic humble environmental and community living needs is a must!

by johnny.moreno.186
about 1 year ago | Reply

Over 25% of the land in South LA is zoned for single family homes -- meaning, that it is zoned for low density, but we actually already have very high occupancy rates, with so many people living crammed into the homes and apartments -- or in some cases, garages -- together. They are trying to stay in the same neighborhood, despite too-high rents. This plan will help optimize those 3000 acres of low-density land, and create higher quality, less crowded housing for those families.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

We believe this very real vision should be attainable for all working families in Los Angeles. Thanks for your support!

by tafarai
about 1 year ago | Reply

I am really excited to see TRUST South LA

by joyousj
about 1 year ago | Reply

Great work!
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by slyon
about 1 year ago | Reply

Fantastic creative idea! Keep up the good work!

by CamillaMcCalmont
about 1 year ago | Reply

What a great organization and vision! Hopefully, TRUST South L.A. will be the example for other communities experiencing the same pressures. To own the land is how you truly control your community!

by pmfisher
about 1 year ago | Reply

That's right!

by willkommen
about 1 year ago | Reply

TRUST South LA took its inspiration from other movements, both in the US and Latin America, where the issue of land ownership can present a fundamental solution to imbalanced distribution of wealth, and destabilized communities. We do hope that we can offer a model to other communities, about how to make community land ownership work in a modern, urban context.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

Well done! I will be voting and sharing this with others. We need this kind of neighborhood development in South LA!

by willkommen
about 1 year ago | Reply

TRUST South LA this is an amazing vision that needs to come into fruition! This is great for the community!

by Eileen_in_LA
about 1 year ago | Reply

Way to go, TRUST South L.A.!!!! Your vision is so impressive - inclusive, expansive, and, well.. just brilliant!

by lina.paredes.12
about 1 year ago | Reply

Affordable housing is scarce in LA and community control over land even scarcer. We need more of this.

by baking sweets
about 1 year ago | Reply

This is wonderful! I support and share the same vision of TRUST South L.A. Gente vote!

by gonzalez.cristal
about 1 year ago | Reply

Innovative, grounded, exciting...I have hope for the future!

by chloe.green.7547
about 1 year ago | Reply

Your ideas and upcoming projects are tackling some of the core issues facing Angelinos and Americans everywhere that can

by ejwinter2000
about 1 year ago | Reply

I love your project and all your well-thought out, practical and incredibly helpful plans. More power to you, Trust South LA!

by abbycohen
about 1 year ago | Reply

yes we can

by karen.pollard.5243
about 1 year ago | Reply

Creating sustainable housing, were locals are able to grow some of their food and enjoy more nature around them, is essential for creating thriving communities in urban settings like Los Angeles. The task of reducing commuting traffic and making the neighborhood a more pedestrian friendly environment is imperative if we are to confront real environmental problems affecting the planet. This is a wonderful project whose time has definitely come!

by gabrivera
about 1 year ago | Reply

Totally agree, Gab! Inner cities should not be left out of green development, in fact it is most crucial there. Everybody has a right not only to affordable housing but to a vibrant and healthy community!

by B.R.
about 1 year ago | Reply

Great job, this needs to happen to have the LA that our communities need, a model of development for the people

by leonardo.vilchis
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks, Leonardo. The success of this model will be dependent on building up communities like Union de Vecinos is proposing with your DIY model of creating community spaces. We need more affordable housing in South LA, absolutely -- but along with that additional housing we have to be creating more community spaces where people can hang and connect, raise kids together and share food.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

Check out DIY Social Spaces --- Love it! http://myla2050.maker.good.is/projects/UVLA?sort=discussed

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

This is a great idea, planning and development starting from the community's perspective. This is the kind of planning and development that we need in LA

by praxisla
about 1 year ago | Reply

Too bad we have to play the Hunger Games to make these things real. Every project has merits every community has needs. The people with the money make us compete each other

by praxisla
about 1 year ago | Reply

I

by brent.blair.3998
about 1 year ago | Reply

As many political scientists and sociologists have pointed out, there are serious health impacts (mental and physical) to becoming separated from one

by Rubbersoul152
about 1 year ago | Reply

I'm sorry that your comment got cut off, because what i assume you were starting to say is a critical point: there are tremendous health impacts when we get separated from our communities, from our social support networks. I hope you'll come back and finish your thoughts on this.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

Super important stuff. I'd love to brainstorm with folks from the project about how GOOD Local Los Angeles and the good.is LA readership can support this!

by brian.d.rosenbaum
about 1 year ago | Reply

Thanks for your enthusiasm, Brian. We would love to explore a GOOD Local - TRUST South LA partnership! Let's talk. i'm at sandra@trustsouthla.org.

by sandra.mcneill.50
about 1 year ago | Reply

Love what you guys are doing for housing in LA! We have also 2 other entries for LA 2050- one for CicLAvia in Social Connectedness indicator, and one for Caine's Arcade Challenge for Education (http://myla2050.maker.good.is/projects/cainesarcade) - I hope I can vote for all these great ideas! :-)

by nirvan
about 1 year ago | Reply

Really great idea. Lets get movin!

by gtterb
about 1 year ago | Reply

Increase density and affordability, revitalize neighborhoods, and target to those that can use it. This makes a ton of sense.

by mike.lens
about 1 year ago | Reply

Excellent strategy for making lots affordable by increasing urban density to shorten commutes and build community!

by oserra
about 1 year ago | Reply

Really excited that folks feel as strongly as I do! #LA #forward

by tafarai
about 1 year ago | Reply

Super important stuff. I

by brian.d.rosenbaum
about 1 year ago | Reply

Way to take cars off the road and pollution out of the air. Communities need balance.

by kbroome
about 1 year ago | Reply

What a great way to stabilize vulnerable communities and insure that the benefits achieved do not disappear over time! All too often affordable housing is approached with a

by B.R.
about 1 year ago | Reply

"pay off" expected for property owners after a 15 year compliance period expires. Way to innovate and create true community benefits, TSLA!

by B.R.
about 1 year ago | Reply

This story is very touching. It

by osvaldoggarcia
about 1 year ago | Reply

* hits home because I grew up under these same circumstances. I LOVE South L.A. and my wife and I spend a lot of time there. We hope TRUST South L.A. does a great job in helping with this process of redevelopment that's taking place.

by osvaldoggarcia
about 1 year ago | Reply

I think that this is an awesome idea. TRUST South LA is working hard to improve a community often neglecting in LA today. This is a great project for the future.

by eglaze
about 1 year ago | Reply

A great plan.

by shayenel
about 1 year ago | Reply

This is a great idea and presented in a really thoughtful way! Access to affordable housing is a basic human right and given the city

by lefran
about 1 year ago | Reply

*city's troubling statistics on low-income residents' share of income spent just to stay in their homes, efforts like this are a critical next step in LA's long-term growth. It also addresses other KEY community health issues...livable streets, active transit networks, neighborhood quality of life...the list goes on. Let's DO this!

by lefran
about 1 year ago | Reply

TRUST South LA

by dylantm
about 1 year ago | Reply

TRUST South LA

by dylantm
about 1 year ago | Reply

This project will not only create affordable housing, but will be controlled by our community. I hope to see this model replicated throughout the city!

by gp
about 1 year ago | Reply

This sounds like a wonderful project. It

by cooperbalso
about 1 year ago | Reply

Great idea TRUST South LA team! Not enough is being done about this, and you're approach is right on point.

by Pacoima Beautiful
about 1 year ago | Reply

*your ...autocorrect strikes again! :)

by Pacoima Beautiful
about 1 year ago | Reply

I think it

by billfharris
about 1 year ago | Reply

Coming from a family that had to commute to school and work everyday, I think this is a great idea! It focuses on building a place where local neighborhoods can become real communities. Commuter culture in Los Angeles leaves a huge gap in the level of involvement a family can have in the area where they spend most of their day, and this all encompassing approach to housing builds spaces where all that time and energy can be harvested and developed into a sustainable community ecosystem. Great job!

by godstenants
about 1 year ago | Reply

What a great idea! Careful land stewardship, efficient homes, better neighborhoods.

by joanling
about 1 year ago | Reply

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