ELACC’s COMMUNITY FORUMS - BOYLE HEIGHTS COMMUNITY PLAN East LA Community Corporation (ELACC)PLANNING FOR PEOP is a community-based organization that is leading the way in creating a new model for community planning in the Eastside, one that is driven and lead by the voices of the community. In 2005, ELACC began the process of engaging community residents in planning and re- development projects in Boyle Heights, resulting in ELACC’s Accountable Development Campaign. Community residents initiated this process by analyzing over 15 projects planned for or under construction in Boyle Heights. From this analysis they raised the question of “Who’s going to benefit from all this investment and development?” Guillermina Gonzalez, community activist and ELACC Leader, presenting community vision. Community residents actively participated in training, planning, and strategy sessions to look at how deeply entrenched social issues such as housing, jobs, and health could be addressed through land use. With this lens, members selected to work on the Boyle Heights Community Plan, creating and implementing a long term vision for the wellbeing of their families. Over 300 community residents have participated in three community forums between March and August of 2007. In these sessions they have been Community Planner for the Francisco Buenabad & Martha Rodriguez, Boyle Heights’ residents and ELACC Leaders day surveying their community and Topographers, mapping their map important places in Boyle Heights. ideal community. On Saturday August 4th, 2007, over 150 members of ELACC’s Neighbors Building Neighborhoods resident committees and Union de Vecinos met with L.A. City Planning Director Gail Goldberg to present their demands for the Boyle Heights Community Plan. The demands presented to Ms. Goldberg are the result of this series of community forums convened by ELACC in which members set forth their vision for an ideal Boyle Heights through a community assessment and mapping. Boyle Heights residents’ priorities for the Community Plan include: no net loss of affordable housing; reduction in the number of outlets selling alcohol in Boyle Heights; and a commitment from Above: Ms. Goldberg addressing ELACC the Planning Department to incorporate members. community members’ in the decision- Left: Maria Cabildo, making process. ELACC members look ELACC President and Ms. forward to continue working with City Goldberg in audience as members present their Officials to implement their vision for a vision for a healthy Boyle healthy Boyle Heights where their Heights. families can live and thrive. The Boyle (Mariachi) Hotel – Past, Present, and Future Past: Built in 1889, the Boyle Hotel started life as the Cummings Hotel. George Cummings, a 49er turned cattle rancher, built this 4-story brick structure on land granted to his wife’s grandfather by the Ayuntamiento of Los Angeles. Cummings and his wife, Maria Sacramento López de Cummings, lived on their ranch, and regularly used the Hotel for entertaining. As a Mexican woman, we imagine Sacramenta entertained with Mariachi music. Cummings Hotel, 1895 Present: The Boyle Hotel - with its distinctive façade and prominent turret - has fallen into disrepair. It has become, however, a vibrant cultural site, home to many of the mariachis who work in the adjacent Mariachi Plaza, earning the name Mariachi Hotel. East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) will preserve this part of East LA’s unique history and culture by restoring the Hotel to provide affordable housing and performance/rehearsal space to local mariachis so that they might continue to fill Mariachi Plaza and Mariachi Hotel with their music. Boyle Hotel, 1985 Future: (Architectural Rendering by Richard Barron & Assoc.) The transformed building will serve, along with Mariachi Plaza, as a true gateway to the Eastside. ELACC will completely rehab the building replacing all major systems and restoring the historic façade and turret. The resulting building will be a mixed-use development featuring 32 units of affordable housing for mariachis and other low income residents. The ground floor will feature a performance space, as well as a permanent exhibition celebrating the history of the Hotel and its role in the rich cultural heritage of mariachi music in Los Angeles. These will provide live entertainment and educational opportunities for visitors from around the world. In this way, ELACC will honor the past, present and future of this Los Angeles landmark, and the mariachi musicians who have lived and worked here for so many decades. ELACC’s Community Organizing Programs ELACC’s Community Organizing Department fights for social, political and economic justice in ELACC’s target areas of Boyle Heights and Unincorporated East LA. It has a membership base of 700 people. BOYLE HEIGHTS COMMUNITY PLAN REVISION ELACC and its members are leading the way in the revision of the Boyle Heights Community Plan, a document that guides land uses for the area, including housing, density, economic development, and green open space. By organizing community meetings, constituent visits to local elected officials, and regular meetings with the LA City Planning Department, ELACC members work to ensure that community-based priorities are a key part of the planning process. These priorities include: no net loss of affordable housing and a reduction in the number of outlets selling alcohol in Boyle Heights. Planning Department Director, Gail Goldberg, attends ELACC’s Community Plan Forum ACCOUNTABLE DEVELOPMENT ON THE EASTSIDE The Eastside of Los Angeles is undergoing dramatic changes as redevelopment results in the displacement of long-term residents. ELACC’s Community Organizing Department mobilizes a community response to issues such as gentrification, the redevelopment of the Sears site, the displacement of street vendors, plans under for the LA River, and the transportation oriented development of the Metro. ELACC demands that new development on the Eastside benefit current residents and serve their needs. Sears Distribution Center-largest commercial/industrial property in Boyle Heights NEIGHBORS BUILDING NEIGHBORHOODS ELACC's Neighbors Building Neighborhoods Program is a neighborhood- based campaign currently consisting of three active committees. The committees work to develop the organizing and leadership skills of members while simultaneously building a united tenant voice for Eastside residents. Each NBN committee is focusing on one project of the Accountable Development Campaign, in addition to building a mobilized base of tenants educated about their rights as renters, and helping to educate others. ELACC Members on the March POLICY CON PAN DULCE COMMUNITY ROUNDTABLE SERIES This innovative roundtable series is designed to bring multiple community stakeholders together, putting disenfranchised community members into dialog with elected officials, representatives from city departments and academics. Each roundtable typically features a panel discussion, as well as a presentation by ELACC’s Research Department on its most recent studies documenting the challenges facing the residents of Boyle Heights. Mercedes Marquez, General Manager, LAHD Steve Valenzuela, Eastside Regional Administrator CRA/LA A Selection of Current ELACC Properties At Kern Villa ELACC performed the substantial rehabilitation of 49 multi-family units at risk of conversion to market rate. Units range in size from two and three-bedrooms. The rehabilitation includes architectural treatments, new exterior and interior paint, new kitchens and bathrooms, new flooring and carpeting, and a new children’s playground. Green building methods were employed. At Las Casitas ELACC built a new construction of 39 detached condominiums on a 3.1 acre site in Boyle Heights. An MTA Gold Line Extension transit stop will be constructed within a block of the Las Casitas homes. The homes consist of thirty three-bedroom units and nine four-bedroom units. All units are energy star efficient for ensured energy cost savings. The mixed-income community includes 13 units sold to LMI (50-80% of AMI) families, 8 units sold to Workforce (80-120% of AMI) families, and 18 units sold at market rate to families earning 120% and above of AMI. At Los Girasoles ELACC built a new construction of 11 affordable multifamily units, which replaced a blighted property previously used for illegal trash dumping. Los Girasoles’ floor plans provide maximum day lighting and flow-through. The community room and laundry facilities are conveniently located in the courtyard to provide increased views of the playground area for child supervision and to encourage community socializing. At Las Flores ELACC built a new construction of 25 multi-family units and a childcare center in East Los Angeles. Unit sizes range from one to four-bedrooms. It features a community room with access to a centrally located courtyard/open space area that will include barbeques, benches, and other amenities to promote community socializing. Units have been designed to achieve energy efficiency with maximum day lighting, flow through natural ventilation, and ducted heating. At Lorena Terrace is the new construction of 49 multi-family affordable housing units and child care center on a 1.3 acre site in Boyle Heights. Units range in size from one to four-bedrooms. Lorena Terrace features a childcare center and a technology center/community room for residents and the surrounding community. ELACC’S FORECLOSURE PREVENTION PROGRAM Foreclosures due to the subprime loan crisis are hitting families throughout the country, but this problem is particularly intense in the Latino community. In June 2007, in Boyle Heights alone, over 1,000 families received notices of default. In response to this community crisis, ELACC launched our Foreclosure Prevention Program , and has helped hundreds of people facing foreclosure. The facts are shocking: • Approximately 40% of subprime loans are held by Latinos (Reuters). • Foreclosures in the Latino community are expected to reach nearly $25 billion in 2007 and $52 billion in 2008, according to a recent report (NCLR) • Latinos are twice as likely as Anglos to end up with a subprime loan, even when they qualify for a prime loan, as a result of tactics used by predatory lenders, including steering. • Experts say the mortgage crisis will worsen in the coming months. Reset activity leading to increased monthly payments is likely to begin peaking in the fourth quarter of this year, during the financially-demanding holiday season. ELACC’s Foreclosure Prevention Program offers free workshops and individual counseling in English and Spanish. This program is designed to help homeowners at risk of foreclosure understand how their loan works, how to negotiate with their lenders, the early warning signs of foreclosure, and how to respond if foreclosure is a threat. ELACC’s next Foreclosure Prevention workshop will be offered on Wednesday, January 30, at 530 South Boyle Ave. in Boyle Heights at 6pm. The workshop is free. Please call 323-269-2646 to register, or to arrange for a free counseling appointment. If you are facing foreclosure, it is not too late to save the house you and your family have worked so hard for. ELACC’s Foreclosure Prevention Program can help you learn your options and determine the best strategy for you. There is help, but you must take action. Foreclosure can take as long as 4 months – don’t lose your house because you are ashamed to ask for help or advice. Please attend our January 30 workshop or contact ELACC at 323-692-2646 to receive free counseling. Don’t wait! COMING SOON – ELACC PROPERTIES CURRENTLY IN DEVELOPMENT Cuatro Vientos: ELACC will build a new construction of 25 affordable multifamily units to replace a vacant parcel that has been a neighborhood blight since the mid 1990’s. Cuatro Vientos will complement the existing urban fabric by using a town home design to create a single-family residential atmosphere, and will feature a Garden Terrace, a Children’s Play Area, and a Community Room. Construction completion is anticipated for 2008. Las Margaritas is a scattered site development, where ELACC will rehabilitate a 16-unit building, build a new construction of 20 units, and perform the extensive rehabilitation of three duplexes. This is a transit oriented development located within very short walking distance from the Metro Gold Line. Las Margaritas will be the home to small and large families. The unit mix includes 11 studios, 11 one-bedrooms, 7 two bedrooms and 13 three-bedrooms. Construction will begin in Fall 2008. Boyle Hotel (Architectural Rendering by Richard Barron & Assoc.) ELACC is currently rehabilitating the Boyle (“Mariachi”) Hotel, built in 1889. The transformed building will serve, along with Mariachi Plaza, as a true gateway to the Eastside. ELACC will completely rehab the building replacing all major systems and restoring the historic façade and turret. The resulting building will be a mixed-use development featuring 32 units of affordable housing for mariachis and other low income residents. The Hotel’s ground floor will feature a performance space, as well as a permanent exhibition celebrating the history of the Hotel and its role in the rich cultural heritage of mariachi music in Los Angeles. These will provide live entertainment and educational opportunities for visitors from around the world. In this way, ELACC will honor the past, present and future of this Los Angeles landmark, and the mariachi musicians who have lived and worked here for so many decades. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2008. ELACC SERVICES Affordable Housing ELACC develops affordable single and multi-family housing and neighborhood facilities, and makes housing affordable to low- and very low-income families. To date, ELACC has developed over 300 units of housing, including 12 multi-family projects for a total of 800 residents. Homebuyer Education ELACC’s HUD-certified staff members offer individual counseling and regular workshops in English and Spanish addressing every phase of homeownership. Pre-purchase training equips consumers with the knowledge and skills required to buy a home best-suited to their needs and capacity. Post-purchase training in Foreclosure Prevention is designed to help homeowners respond aggressively at the first sign of foreclosure, and to use all tools available to them to prevent it. ELACC also provides legal and other referrals for clients who have been the victims of predatory lending or other illegal practices. Financial Literacy Training ELACC offers bilingual Financial Literacy training through workshops and one-on-one counseling. Highly-trained counselors work with clients to help them get out of debt, manage a budget, build a savings account and prepare for retirement. ELACC provides the consistency and expertise needed to help even clients with no previous history with formal financial services to build a strong fiscal profile and good habits for the future. Tenant Services ELACC provides tenant services to hundreds of residents in its housing. These include free access to all ELACC programs and services, as well as onsite Health and Community Fairs, After School Programs, and adult educational programs in topics ranging from Heart Health to Income Tax Return Preparation. Leadership Development ELACC’s annual Leadership Academy develops and prepares community members to become advocates and spokespeople on issues affecting their neighborhoods. Graduates work with staff to lead ELACC Neighbors Building Neighborhoods (NBN) committees, run public meetings, develop campaigns and meet with elected officials. WHO ELACC Is: East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community development corporation based in East Los Angeles. Since 1996, ELACC has harnessed $58 million in housing and other community development resources for the benefit of low-income residents of Boyle Heights and Unincorporated East Los Angeles. ELACC’s mission is to produce and preserve quality affordable housing and to nurture community and economic development opportunities for low income and disenfranchised residents of these neighborhoods. ELACC’s client base is 94% Latino. Its programs serve approximately 1,200 people each year. Almost 100% of ELACC clients are low- or very-low- income. WHAT ELACC Does: Community Development through collaboration, community organizing and capacity building. HOUSING: ELACC develops affordable single and multi- family housing and neighborhood facilities. ELACC makes housing affordable to low- and very low-income families. To date, ELACC has developed over 360 units of housing, including 12 multifamily projects for a total of 800 residents. ELACC is the Southern California Association of Non-Profit Housing’s (SCANPH) 2005 Developer of the Year, and was awarded Housing Development of the Year, in 1998, 1999 and 2004. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: ELACC’s Homebuyer and Financial Literacy Education, Counseling, and Matching Fund Savings Account programs allow residents of the Eastside to gain access to the knowledge, skills and resources to move closer to homeownership. Its Foreclosure PreventionProgram and other post-purchase services help homeowners learn the warning signs of foreclosure and how to respond effectively. Through the Los Angeles Works for Better Health (LAWBH) initiative, ELACC promotes and improves the health and well-being of residents living on the Eastside by increasing their access to more and better jobs. COMMUNITY ORGANIZING: Through the Neighbors Building Neighborhoods program (NBN), ELACC focuses on the issues of housing and accountable development as a means of engaging, training and supporting community residents to build power, promote social equity and strengthen our communities. ELACC has a membership base of over 700 residents. ELACC’s work has been recognized by the Governor of California, the State Legislature, Senate, and Assembly, and the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles, as well as numerous community groups, among others. ELACC♦ 530 S. Boyle Avenue♦ LA, CA 90033♦ 323.269.4214 ♦ Fax 323.261.1065 ♦www.elacc.org ELIMINATING EASTSIDE BLIGHT ELACC: Transforming Neighborhood Liabilities into Neighborhood Assets LOS GIRASOLES 952 South Record St Los Angeles, CA 90023 Before After Once an empty lot used for illegal dumping, Los Girasoles now features 11 units, a children’s play area, and a community room. PASEO DEL SOL 417 & 419 North Soto Street Los Angeles, CA 90033 Before After Paseo del Sol was a home to squatters and persistent criminal activity, including drug use. This beautiful complex now houses 6 families in high-quality, affordable housing. LORENA TERRACE 611-619 South Lorena Street Los Angeles, CA 90023 Before After Lorena Terrace is built on a site previously declared unsuitable for construction due to its very steep grade. ELACC transformed this vacant lot into 49 units of affordable housing with a child care center.
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