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									            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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