Community Allies

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The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) is a statewide community organization working with thousands of members in eleven counties creating transformative change by helping ordinary citizens to organize and take action. California is host to the world's eighth largest economy, yet every day more and more Californians are losing their jobs, falling further behind on their rent or mortgage payments and sending their kids to failing schools.  ACCE is dedicated to raising the voices of everyday Californians, neighborhood by neighborhood, so that our children have stronger communities and expanded opportunities.

California Reinvestment Coalition

The California Reinvestment Coalition (CRC) advocates for the right of low-income communities and communities of color to have fair and equal access to banking and other financial services. CRC has a membership of over 300 nonprofit organizations and public agencies across the state of California.

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East LA Community Corporation

The Mission of the East LA Community Corporation (ELACC) 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. Established in 1985, today ELACC is a well-established 501(c)(3) nonprofit. On an annual basis, we provide affordable housing, community services, community organizing, and wealth building services to over 2,000 residents. ELACC’s track record includes leveraging over $135 million of investment to the Eastside and housing over 1,000 residents in safe, habitable, and affordable housing throughout East Los Angeles. We mobilize a Community Organizing base of over 1,300 members annually, and have helped over 3,000 families to purchase their first homes, avoid foreclosure, establish savings, and build and sustain wealth.

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LA Law Library

As the second largest public law library in the United States, LA Law Library meets the needs of the public, self-represented litigants and the legal community in a dynamic, ever-evolving global environment where information is shared, updated and accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. LA Law Library serves as an integral partner with courthouses and administrators throughout the city, county and state, and is able to give the public and self-represented litigants direction on how to address their legal concerns. With a newly renovated Main Library in Downtown Los Angeles, self-service digital research stations in the Norwalk and Pomona county courthouses, and expanding relationships with legal aid foundations, pro bono organizations, bar associations and public libraries, LA Law Library is becoming a robust community education center for the residents of Los Angeles County, the state of California and the world.

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Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County

Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles County (NHS)  serves as a catalyst for local residents, business and government representatives to work together to build stronger neighborhoods, improve the quality of life for families of modest means and to revitalize communities into neighborhoods of choice. NHS strengthens communities through the development and maintenance of quality affordable housing, creation and preservation of affordable homeownership opportunities, support of local leaders, providing financial education and increasing the financial independence of families and people in need.

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Shriver Housing Project - LA

The Shriver Housing Project - LA is one of 7 groundbreaking pilot programs created to explore providing legal representation to low-income litigants in cases involving "basic human rights." Named after Sargent Shriver, a leader in the 1960's "war on poverty", the Shriver Program is a pioneering effort to answer the question: "Should there be a right to counsel for low-income litigants in cases involving basic human needs, like shelter?" California has begun a landmark effort to research this question through 7 pilot programs throughout the State. The largest of these pilots is here in Los Angeles, and involves the ambitious effort to provide 2000 litigants each year (for 3 years) with an attorney to represent them in their eviction cases. Four legal services non-profits (Inner City Law Center, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles, and Public Counsel) have joined forces to provide staff attorneys in many of these cases. For more information on the Shriver Project, go to Program Eligibility.

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Tenants Together

Tenants Together is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of California tenants to safe, decent and affordable housing.  As California’s only statewide renters' rights organization, Tenants Together works to improve the lives of California’s tenants through education, organizing and advocacy.  Tenants Together seeks to galvanize a statewide movement for renters’ rights.