The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) through its non-profit, Kids Progress Inc., is tasked with building strategic partnerships to ensure that our youth have access to various educational programs and opportunities.

    Below are a few of the programs/activities provided:
    Head Starts
    The Head Start Program is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.  The Housing Authority is pleased to be able to support early education efforts by charging $1 annual fee to Head Start providers.  Please click here to see a complete list of all Head Start facilities with contact information. 
    Provide a proof of enrollment for a one-time gift (while supplies last). for more information, contact (213) 252-5347.
    Community Satellite Libraries

    These libraries offers public housing residents access to the Los Angeles Public Library’s print and electronic collections including help for students and resources that will aid individuals and families in the communities. These libraries are currently offered in the Estrada Courts and Ramona Gardens housing developments.

    Housing Based Day Supervision Program (HBDSP)

    HBDSP is funded under the California Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA) through the Los Angeles County Probation Department. The program is offered to youth ages 8-18 at participating sites. HBDSP is an intervention and prevention program that offers community based services to at-risk youth and their families. The objective of this program is to increase the academic success of the youth and encourage parents to be involved in their child’s educational career.
    Classes offered include Financial Literacy, Gang Intervention Workshops, Gender Specific workshops, Sexual Assault Workshops, and tutoring.

    UCLA Watts Tutoring Program

    Each student works one-on-one with a college intern. The interns provide homework assistance, as well as mentorship. Additionally, students receive firsthand experience on how a college campus operates. Tutoring is offered to youth ages 7-18 in the Imperial Courts, Jordan Downs, Nickerson Gardens and William Mead housing developments.

    Helping Residents Prepare for a Better Tomorrow

    HACLA cooperates with the City of Los Angeles Community Development Department, South Bay Center for Counseling and Watt Labor Community Action Committee to provide employment training, job placement and job retention services to public housing residents. Residents are assigned an Eligibility Worker who determines eligibility as well as assists with classroom training for employment certification, job placement and job retention services. Residents receive supportive services to alleviate barriers to employment. HACLA is the only housing authority that operates a certified Work Source Center. 

    HACLA has implemented programs such as:

    Sherwin-Wiliams Home Work Painter Training Program

    Environmental Stewardship Program

    Solar BPI Certification

    Northeast Tree Arborist Trainee

    Advanced Security Officer Training

    Construction Apprenticeship

    Process Technician Training

    Certified Nursing Assistant

    For more information on Work Source, please click here to go to Work Source website.

    Although only funded to provide housing, HACLA has a long history of seeking grants, partnerships  and leveraging opportunities to support healthy communities by provid­ing recreational, social and other supportive services to improve residents' quality of life. However, reduced public funding has limited what partners and grants can provide.

    For more than 30 years, HACLA and the Los Angeles City Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) have partnered to provide free recreation services to residents in seven of HACLA's 14 public housing communities. Beginning in July 2011, however, City budget difficulties required HACLA to use its funds to subsidize RAP in order to continue provid­ing recreation services in the public housing communities. RAP's budget situation then worsened to a level that HACLA could no longer afford to fund.

    To turn this fiscalchallenge into a program success, HACLA selected new service provid­ers through a combination of competitive bidding and forging new partnerships with com­munity social service groups. The result was four new partnerships to provide services in four public housing communities in different areas of the city:

    Boys and Girls Club of Mar Vista Gardens now provides educational and recre­ational services on-site. The Boys and Girls Club was able to hire more residents and increased services provided to the community.

    Proyecto Pastoral now operates the Pico Gardens Gymnasium serving residents of Pico Gardens, Las Casitas and the surrounding community.

    Los Angeles Police Department's Newton Division Police Activities League (PAL) operates programs in the Pueblo del Rio gymnasium.

    Youth Policy Institute now operates the San Fernando Gardens Community Center, including its computer learning center, and provides a wide range of services.

     The Los Angeles Police Department’s Community Safety Partnership has partnered with the Housing Authority to field a team of boys and girls from the Nickerson Gardens, Imperial Courts, and Jordan Downs Public Housing Developments. The Watts Bears football team is comprised of some of the best and talented youth, ranging from ages 8 to 12 years old. The Watts Bears was created in an effort to provide a safe and positive outlet for well deserving kids who may not have an opportunity to play sports and mentor. To be eligible to participate, the kids have to meet certain standards in school, stay out of trouble and wants to be a part of the program.

    To learn more, please visit the Watts Bears website


    General Background

    • RACs originate from provisions in the 1986 Housing Act to promote public housing resident participation.
    • A federal rule provides public housing residents with the right to organize and elect a resident council to represent their interests.
    • This regulation, 24 CFR Part 964, defines the obligation of HUD and PHAs to support resident participation activities through training and other activities.


    The underlying idea of the RACs  is to help:

    • Respond to resident concerns.
    • Improve quality of life.
    • Represent resident interests.
    • Involve residents in creating a positive living environment.


    • Individual site-based RAC Boards are elected by residents at each development for a three-year term.
    • The elections are administered by an independent third-party vendor as required by HUD regulations.
    • Each RAC is made up of five officers – positions normally include a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Sergeant-at-Arms. 
    • Among the eligibility requirements to run for a RAC position, candidates must be in good standing, at least 18 years-old, listed on the lease for the unit they reside in and not have served more than two full terms as a RAC Board member. 

    RAC Leadership Meetings

    • HACLA conducts seven general leadership training meetings with RAC Board members over the course of a year.  
    • Meeting topics include HACLA’s community budget process where resident leaders participate in agency budget discussions, training on how to prepare and manage individual RAC budgets, conflict resolution, parliamentary procedures and Board member roles and responsibilities. 
    • RACs also provide input to the annual Agency Plan and draft policy changes affecting residents (such as Resident Parking Policy and establishing a Non-Smoking Policy). 
    • Individual RACs also meet with staff on a monthly basis and receive briefings on important topics from HACLA senior staff as necessary. 

    Housing Authority Resident Advisory Council (HARAC)

    HACLA re-established the Housing Authority Resident Advisory Council (HARAC) in 2014. The HARAC is made up of representatives from all 14 sites with the goal of providing a collective resident voice on important issues and ensuring resident representation in the absence of a functioning RAC.  HARAC members are elected at the same time as RAC members and may serve on both Boards.

    The HARAC’s general purpose is to receive information regarding current programs and policies, advise HACLA of resident concerns and report back to residents at the monthly RAC site meeting. The Board’s quarterly meetings occur in January, April, July and October and are often held offsite to show Board members the range of housing HACLA offers. The offsite meetings also aim to give HARAC members insight into potential future strategies for low-income housing provision. On important issues, such as the community budget process, HARAC members are invited to join their RAC colleagues at a general leadership meeting.

    Resident Advisory Council Newsletter - 1st Quarter - English

    Resident Advisory Council Newsletter - 1st Quarter - Spanish

    For more information, please contact:

    Eric Brown
    Director of Intergovernmental Relations
    213 252 1826

    Language Services provides accurate and professional translation and interpretation services for non-English speaking residents of HACLA developments. Any language that cannot be translated by a member of the Language Services staff is made readily available through contracted agencies. Although English to Spanish translation is the primary translation and interpretation provided, thirteen other languages (Arabic, Armenian, Cambodian, Cantonese, Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Indonesian, Mandarin, Malay, Russian, Thai, and Tagalog) can also be interpreted and translated for residents. Such services are offered at all public meetings and HACLA program literature. It's the goal of Language Services to ensure that all non-English or limited-English speaking residents have equal access to HACLA services and programs.

    The Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) and California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) worked together on two housing complexes as case studies to document the experience, costs, and results associated with broadband deployment, adoption and improved Digital Literacy in publicly-sub­sidized multi-family developments. Smart Housing Pilot Partnership is a critical project that aims to close the digital divide and help the most vulnerable population gain access to the Internet, which provides an equal opportunity to thrive.

    Please click here to learn more about Smart Housing Pilot Partnership.

    ConnectHome Initiative

    President Barack Obama’s ConnectHome Initiative aims to bridge the digital divide and connect 275,000 low-income households and nearly 200,000 children nationwide – with the support they need to access the Internet at home. Internet Service Providers, non-profits and the private sector will offer broadband access, technical training, digital literacy programs, and devices for residents in public housing communities. In order to realize this goal, HACLA is collaborating with its partners to come up with strategies about how Los Angeles can achieve equity in access.

    Please click here to learn more about ConnetHome.