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FSS Program Graduate of the Month: Lakenya Thomas

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FSS Program Graduate of the Month: Lakenya Thomas
Lakenya Thomas was unemployed and receiving public assistance when she received her Section 8 voucher in 2004. Six years later, Thomas was selected to join the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program. The FSS Program, specifically designed for Section 8 tenants, helps participants to identify and reach their educational and career goals by connecting them to services and resources in hopes of helping them achieve economic self-sufficiency. Before joining the FSS Program, Thomas explained she cou...
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 Mayor Eric Garcetti Joins HACLA and Partners to Celebrate $35 MM State Grant for Watts
Mayor Eric Garcetti and Councilman Joe Buscaino joined HACLA and the Watts Rising partners to celebrate the $35 million state Cap-and-Trade funding for affordable housing and environmental initiatives in Watts.  Los Angeles was able to secure the $35 million Transformative Climate Communities (TCC) grant through the efforts of the Watts Rising Collaborative, which consists of the Watts Community Leadership Council (WCLC), an advisory body convened by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Ang...
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HACLA Led Initiative Awarded $35 Million State Grant

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HACLA Led Initiative Awarded $35 Million State Grant
The Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC) funds development and infrastructure projects that achieve major environmental, health, and economic benefits in CA’s most disadvantaged communities. Click here to read the press release.
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FSS Program Graduate of the Month: Samantha Myles

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FSS Program Graduate of the Month: Samantha Myles
Samantha Myles was a single mother receiving public assistance and attending college part-time in 2010 when she received a Section 8 voucher.  In hopes of developing a roadmap for her future, she joined the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program in 2011. After joining the program, Myles set up her goals to complete her Master’s Degree, get a job, get off public assistance, and enroll in the First Time Homebuyer’s Program. “I felt like I wasn’t alone anymore. The FSS Program helped me to work...
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Jordan Downs Redevelopment Phase 1A, Over 230 Individuals Attend Jordan Downs Redevelopment Job Fair
On a picture perfect day in January, the Jordan Downs redevelopment site was bustling with activity.  The rustle of the forklifts and excavators along with the smell of freshly cut construction wood planks is an indicator that the project Phase 1A is well on its way. As part of the historic redevelopment of Jordan Downs, HACLA and its partners have emphasized the importance of local hire. The site averages 80 construction workers a day with skills from various trades such as carpenters, concrete...
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Murder in America: What Makes Cities Safer, Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal highlights HACLA and LAPD’s Community Safety Partnership Program.  Watts and the housing developments have seen a dramatic decrease in crime thanks to an unprecedented level of participation among government agencies, residents and non-profit organizations. See Attachment below to read the full article.
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HACLA and Top Dawg Entertainment Host a 2-Day Holiday Concert and Toy Giveaway at Nickerson Gardens
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) came together for the fourth year to host a 2-day TDE and Friends Holiday Concert and Toy Drive/Giveaway at Nickerson Gardens in Watts, CA. Every year, artists from TDE such as Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiwalker take the stage at the Nickerson Baseball Field to perform their hit songs. This year, Rihanna and E-40 joined the stage as special guests. ...
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PATH Metro Villas Phase II Groundbreaking

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PATH Metro Villas Phase II Groundbreaking
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) joined PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) along with Mayor Eric Garcetti, Council Member Mitch O’Farrell, Council President Herb Wesson, and members of the community for a groundbreaking ceremony of PATH Metro Villas Phase II. “Today, we are together to show the power of this City. There is no higher priority than bringing everyone home. We can, we must, we will end homelessness in Los Angeles and it starts right here, today,” said M...
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HACLA Joins Partners for the Annual Holiday Toy Giveaways
The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) hosted its annual Holiday Toy Giveaway for its Public Housing communities. We’d like to thank our partners who came together to spread the holiday cheer to the children and residents across the city. Los Angeles Council Member Gil Cedillo invited musical actress Jacquelin Schofield, who plays the role of Mrs. Potts from Beauty and the Beast Musical,  to William Mead Homes to perform various soundtracks from the musical as part of the to...
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Rasheda McCloud's Path to Financial Stability

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Rasheda McCloud's Path to Financial Stability
Rasheda McCloud was pregnant with her second daughter when she divorced her husband in 2003. McCloud explained that living life as a single mom was not easy and financially difficult. “I thought, ‘How am I going to do this by myself. How will I support my girls?” McCloud’s path seemed uncertain until she received a phone call from the Housing Authority notifying her that she was eligible to receive housing assistance through the Section 8 program. Soon after McCloud joined the Family Self S...
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  • HACLA Hosts 100 City Officials from the National League of Cities Summit
    The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) welcomed nearly 100 city officials from all over the country for a mobile workshop and a tour of Watts. During their tour, the government o...
  • Grand Opening of El Segundo and 127th Street Apartments
    The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) joined Meta Housing Corporation for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the El Segundo and 127th Street Apartments in Harbor Gatew...
  • Section 3 Resident Story: Meet Sonia
    Sonia Rodriquez is no stranger to balancing the challenges of life. This single mother of five has often worked several jobs to support her family. She now lives with her children at the Pueblo Del Ri...
  • Ribbon Cutting of Watts Empowerment Center Sports Complex
      The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) together with Red Eye Inc., partners, celebrities, guests and Watts residents celebrated the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Watts Empowe...