CSH is pleased to announce the launch of the Los Angeles “Redesigning Access by Centering Equity” initiative designed to support housing organizations led by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). The RACE Initiative Supportive Housing Lab (LA-RISHL) will provide financial support, needs assessment consulting, and technical assistance to develop the capacity, internal infrastructure, resources, and sustainability to increase the supply of supportive housing in and around Los Angeles County.
The initiative is made possible with generous support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, and California Community Foundation.
CSH has selected a cohort of eight Los Angeles-based developers who will each be awarded a grant of $175,000 over a two-year period for financing, staffing, operational support with options for consulting and targeted technical assistance. The eight grantees will gather for a series of co-learning sessions as a group of organizations who share a common goal of expanding supportive housing production. Together, they will deepen their understanding of organizational capacity as they pursue individual supportive housing projects.
Join us in congratulating these inaugural LA-RISHL participants:
- Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA): a BIPOC-led nonprofit currently serving high-acuity individuals in Los Angeles. ALA’s mission is to reduce disparities and promote housing and health equity by enabling access to housing and health services for communities with complex barriers to housing.
- Bold Communities: a BIPOC-led, Los Angeles-based, nonprofit 501(c)(3) affordable housing real estate development firm focused on building bold, innovative, socially conscious, economically viable projects that enhance the lives of residents and complement the fabric of the communities in which they invest.
- Coalition for Responsible Community Development (CRCD): a place-based community development corporation in South Los Angeles with a unique focus on young people (ages 14–26.) They commit to partnering with residents, businesses, community-based organizations, civic leaders, and local community colleges to improve the quality of life in South Central LA.
- East Los Angles Community Corporation (ELACC): ELACC’s mission is to advocate for economic and social justice in Boyle Heights and East Los Angeles by building grassroots leadership, developing affordable housing and neighborhood assets, and providing access to economic development opportunities for low and moderate income families.
- Little Tokyo Services Center (LTSC): The mission of LTSC is to provide a comprehensive array of social welfare and community development services to assist low income individuals and other persons in need, contribute to community revitalization and cultural preservation in Little Tokyo and among the broader Japanese community in the Southland, and to provide resources to neighboring Asian American and Pacific Islander and other low income communities.
- Southern California Health and Rehabilitation Program (SCHARP): Founded by two African American psychiatrists who were disillusioned with the traditional services provided to severely and persistently mentally ill individuals who are members of minority groups, SCHARP works to provide quality mental health and social services to vulnerable populations in South Los Angeles. They work with individuals experiencing homelessness who have a mental illness or a dual diagnosis.
- Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services (WORKS) and CTY Housing: WORKS and CTY Housing are the only dual development team in the cohort. WORKS delivers quality affordable housing and enriched services that respond to the aspirations of the people they house. Through their support and stewardship, they build equitable, heart-based sustainable communities and encourage resident self-determination. CTY Housing is a BIPOC-led, turnkey development and financial advisory service for affordable housing developers, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), foundations, and public agencies. These two organizations are partnering to expand their development pipeline with a focus on providing permanent supportive housing to transitional aged youth and persons with developmental disabilities.