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Resident and Community Organizing
The Kennedy Commission recognizes the importance of engaging the community, especially underserved neighborhoods, to meaningfully participate in decision-making processes that improve the neighborhoods they live in.
Vecindario Lacy en Acción (VELA)
In 2014, the Commission received a Communities Building Initiative grant from the St. Joseph Health Foundation to work with Santa Ana residents in the Lacy neighborhood on an issue of their choice. Lacy residents recognized the need to improve the quality of substandard housing and increase housing affordability. Residents have since begun to identify as Vecindario Lacy en Acción (VeLA)- Lacy Neighborhood in Action. The Commission is working with VeLA to support their efforts to improve the quality of life in the Lacy neighborhood.
For more info, please contact Isuri Ramos.
THRIVE Santa Ana
High rates of poverty and lack of homeownership plague the residents of Santa Ana, making them vulnerable to the effects of gentrification and displacement. The Commission is partnering with THRIVE Santa Ana to alleviate some of these pressures by creating a Community Land Trust (CLT) that focuses on: preservation and expansion of affordable housing; community gardens and urban microfarms and; community spaces for local entrepreneurship.
For more info, please contact Cesar Covarrubias.
"Es importante participar en un grupo como VeLA, porque en la union esta la fuerza. Nuestra participación es clave para ver cambio en nuestro vecindario. "
"It is important to participate in a group like VeLA, because there is strength in unity. Our participation is key to see change in our neighborhood."
- Idalia Rios, VeLA Member